Estaban Santiago, the Fort Lauderdale airport shooter, will accept a plea deal and thus avoid the death penalty. He killed 5 people and injured 6 others in his attack.
The attack occurred on January 6, 2017 and Santiago was subsequently indicted on 22 Federal charges, several of which carried the death penalty.
Much of the delay has been do to getting the necessary mental health checks to ensure that Santiago is competent to accept the plea deal. Santiago will plead guilty to 11 of the 22 charges, several of which carry life in prison. (There is no parole in the federal system.) He is assured to spend the rest of his life in prison. The family members of the victims and Jeff Sessions agreed not to pursue the death penalty.
United States District Judge Beth Bloom of the Southern District of Florida is presiding over this case.