The man who opened fire at a South Florida airport early last year, killing five people including a Marietta woman, was sentenced to life in prison Friday.
U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom ordered Esteban Santiago to serve five consecutive life sentences, with 120 additional years to serve for the other six people injured in the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
On Jan. 6, 2017, a Delta flight from Atlanta had just landed when a gunman began shooting near the Terminal 2 baggage claim.
Santiago flew into Fort Lauderdale on a separate flight from Anchorage, Alaska, went to the restroom, retrieved a gun from his luggage, loaded it and started shooting. He was later taken into custody.
Among those killed was Olga Woltering, an 84-year-old retiree from Cobb County who flew to Fort Lauderdale for a cruise to celebrate her husband Ralph’s 90th birthday.
Earlier this year, Woltering’s family filed a lawsuit against Delta, the Fort Lauderdale airport and its security contractors, alleging they “breached the duty of care.”
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