Airport gunman to plead guilty in exchange for life in prison: Report

Esteban Santiago pleads guilty to killing 5 people at the Fort Lauderdale Airport in 2017. (MGN)

Esteban Santiago, the man accused of killing five people in a mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale Airport will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty, according to CBS Miami.

Santiago appeared in court Tuesday morning. CBS Miami is reporting he's taking a plea to get life in prison in exchange for the death penalty being waived.

The shooting happened January 6, 2017, in the baggage claim at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The FBI said Santiago, an Iraq war veteran, traveled from Alaska to Florida specifically to carry out the shooting.

According to CBS Miami, the judge wants to make sure Santiago is competent to take the deal.

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