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Jury selection for Parkland shooter’s sentencing trial starts Monday

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Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz enters the courtroom for a hearing at the Broward Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Cruz returned court this week for hearings on the Valentine’s Day 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and on accusations he assaulted a corrections officer. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Confessed Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz was in a Broward County courtroom Wednesday for a pretrial hearing before jury selection begins in his sentencing trial.

Four years after the deadly Parkland school shooting,  Cruz is still months away from finding out what his punishment will be

Jury selection for the penalty phase of his trial is scheduled to begin on Monday.

About 15-hundred potential jurors per day could be questioned before lawyers settle on the 12, plus alternates, that will decide if Cruz gets the death penalty or life in prison.

Cruz had a hearing yesterday in Broward County Circuit Court, and the judge said it could take up to six months before a sentence is reached.

Cruz confessed to killing 17 people and injuring 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018.

The jury will be tasked with deciding whether or not Cruz should be put to death or spend the rest of his life behind bars for his crimes.

The penalty phase trial comes after the the federal government agreed to pay the victims and their families $127.5 million due to the FBI’s admitted inaction.

The agency admitted balls were dropped after red flags were raised about Cruz and were not followed up on.