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Parkland shooting suspect registered to vote from jail

The man who confessed to killing 17 people in the Parkland shooting registered to vote from jail while awaiting his trial.

Nikolas Cruz, 20, is charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine's Day.

Cruz registered to vote as a Republican on July 25, according to The Miami Herald.

Florida law allows defendants to vote as long as they have not yet been convicted. Cruz has confessed to the killings but is still awaiting trial.

Cruz is currently being held in the Broward County Jail and listed the address as his residence on his voter registration.

"Taking away the voting rights of an eligible person awaiting trial is illegal," sheriff's office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright told local NBC affiliate WFLA.

The news first came to light when Andrew Pollack, father of one of the 14 students who lost their lives in the shooting, tweeted his anger over Cruz's registration.


Pollack, a vocal supporter of President Trump, blamed the "despicable Democrats" for allowing Cruz to register.

Scott Israel, the Broward County Sheriff, was reelected in 2016 as a Democrat and has drawn the ire of Parkland parents for his handling of the shooting and from Pollack for sending staff to the jail to register inmates yet to be convicted.