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Florida deputy charged after staying outside school shooting

2 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, June 04 2019 Jun 4, 2019 June 04, 2019 1:41 PM June 04, 2019 in News - AP National

By CURT ANDERSON and TERRY SPENCER
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - Prosecutors say the Florida deputy who failed to confront a gunman during last year's Parkland massacre has been arrested on 11 charges.

State Attorney Mike Satz announced Tuesday that 56-year-old Scot Peterson faces child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury charges stemming from his actions during the shooting. Peterson, then a Broward County deputy, was on duty during the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but never went inside.

Satz says the charges carry a combined prison sentence of nearly 100 years. Peterson's bail was set at $102,000.

A Peterson lawyer didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Twenty-year-old Nikolas Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted of killing 17 people and wounding 17 others in the attack. He has offered to plead guilty in return for a life sentence, but prosecutors have refused that offer.

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This story has been corrected to show that Cruz has agreed to plead guilty.

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