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US files plea deal in deadly Florida airport shooting

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Federal prosecutors have filed court documents in which an Alaska man agrees to plead guilty to a Florida airport shooting rampage that killed five people and wounded six last year.

Posted: May 21, 2018 6:37 PM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have filed court documents in which an Alaska man agrees to plead guilty to a Florida airport shooting rampage that killed five people and wounded six last year.

The agreement filed Monday says that 28-year-old Esteban Santiago will plead guilty to 11 of the 22 counts against him. Prosecutors reached a deal with Santiago's defense lawyers not to seek the death penalty in exchange for the guilty plea. Instead, Santiago would serve a life prison sentence.

The deal is expected to be finalized Wednesday in court.

The mentally troubled Santiago, of Anchorage, Alaska, acknowledged in the document that he flew to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with a handgun in a checked weapons box in January 2017. Santiago loaded the gun in a bathroom and came out firing.

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5/21/2018 5:15:35 PM (GMT -5:00)

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