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The Latest: Suspect's brother released from jail

Zachary Cruz, brother of Nikolas Cruz, who's accused of killing 17 students and staff members at the school Feb. 14, walks into court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Thursday, March 29, 2018. He pleaded no contest to trespassing on the campus where the deadly rampage happened and was sentenced to time served and six months of probation. (Susan Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool)
March 29, 2018 - 11:08 AM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Latest on the brother of the Florida school shooting suspect (all times local):

2:05 p.m.

The brother of the suspected Florida high school gunman has been released from jail after pleading no contest to a trespassing charge.

Zachary Cruz was released from the Broward County jail Thursday afternoon, hours after he had been sentenced to time served and six months of probation for skateboarding on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High campus.

Judge Melinda Kirsch Brown also ordered Zachary Cruz on Thursday to enrol in therapy, wear an ankle monitor and said he cannot possess firearms or ammunition. He also cannot come within a mile of the school.

The 18-year-old had been held on $500,000 bail since his March 19 arrest. Deputies say administrators had told him not to come on campus. Cruz is the younger brother of Nikolas Cruz, who's accused of killing 17 students and staff members at the school Feb. 14. The Cruz brothers attended Stoneman Douglas but didn't graduate.

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9:20 a.m.

The brother of the suspected Florida high school gunman has pleaded no contest to a trespassing charge and has been sentenced to time served and six months of probation.

Judge Melinda Kirsch Brown also ordered Zachary Cruz on Thursday to enrol in therapy, wear an ankle bracelet and said he cannot possess firearms or ammunition.

The 18-year-old was arrested March 19 after police found him skateboarding at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after school. Administrators had told him not to come on campus. Cruz is the younger brother of Nikolas Cruz, who's accused of killing 17 students and staff members at the school Feb. 14. The Cruz brothers attended Stoneman Douglas but didn't graduate.

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11:20 p.m.

The brother of the suspected Florida high school gunman is scheduled to be in court for reconsideration of his $500,000 bail on a trespassing charge.

Attorneys for Zachary Cruz are expected to argue Thursday that the bail is excessive. His bond was originally $25, typical for such a case.

The 18-year-old was arrested March 19 after police found him skateboarding at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after school. Administrators had told him not to come on campus.

Cruz is the younger brother of Nikolas Cruz, who is accused of killing 17 students and staff members at the school Feb. 14. The Cruz brothers attended Stoneman Douglas but didn't graduate.

A recent search of Zachary Cruz's home found no weapons. He also underwent a psychiatric evaluation.

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