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This undated photo released by the Broward Sheriff's Office shows Zachary Cruz. Cruz, the brother of Nikolas Cruz charged with killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was arrested Monday, March 19, 2018 and charged for trespassing at the same school, authorities said. (Broward Sheriff's Office via AP)

Zachary Cruz, brother of alleged Parkland shooter, makes plea deal on trespassing charges

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By ROSIE WOODS, WPEC

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WPEC) - Zachary Cruz, the brother of accused Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman Nikolas Cruz, reached a plea deal following his arrest for trespassing at the school.

Cruz pleaded no contest and a judge sentenced him to time served. Cruz will be on probation for the next six months; wear a GPS monitor; avoid alcohol, drugs, guns and weapons; must stay 1 mile away from the school and cannot return to the school. He must also get therapy.

His lawyers planned to fight for a lower bond for the 18-year-old, possibly 60 days in jail and $500, since that is the typical punishment in Broward County for trespassing as a second misdemeanor.

As CBS 12 first reported, the younger brother of alleged Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz was caught trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after authorities ordered him to stay away from the campus.

His bond was originally set at $25, but when it came time to release him from Broward Main Jail, the judge reset his bond to $500,000. She also ordered a psych evaluation, electronic monitoring and a search of his residence.

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