Judge Elizabeth Scherer sentenced Nikolas Cruz to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Wednesday after a Florida jury last month failed to reach a unanimous decision on the death penalty in his penalty phase trial.
Cruz, now 24, pleaded guilty last October to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for the shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 14 students and three school staff members were killed, and 17 others were injured.
On Wednesday, following two days of impassioned statements from victims and family members, the judge read off each count of murder and attempted murder, 34 in total. Cruz received a life sentence for each count.
"I am ordering that each and every count run consecutive ... That is one after another," Scherer said.
Scherer imposed the sentence based on the recommendation of the jury. She was not allowed to depart from the jury’s guidance.
Cruz is expected to be transferred to the custody of Florida’s Department of Corrections and transported to one of several reception centers in the state, CNN previously reported.
Cruz will spend weeks undergoing physical and mental examinations, Florida criminal defense attorney Janet Johnson has told CNN.
The chosen facility is determined by “reviewing the seriousness of (the inmate’s) offenses, length of sentence, time remaining to serve, prior criminal record, escape history, prison adjustment, and other factors,” according to the Florida Department of Corrections website.
The Florida Department of Corrections has not responded to CNN's request for more specific information on Cruz.
At the end of the hearing, the judge remanded Cruz to the Department of Corrections. She informed him that he has 30 days to appeal the sentence. Members of the Broward County Sheriff's Department then escorted Cruz out of the courtroom.
CNN's Christina Maxouris contributed to this report