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Aurora Theater Shooter James Holmes Receives Sentence

PicMonkey Collage - HolmesAfter months of trials and deliberation on the sentence, a Colorado jury has sentenced Aurora Theater shooter James Holmes to life in prison without parole.

Holmes was found guilty last month for all of the charges brought against him for an attack which left 12 people dead and 70 people injured at a movie premiere. Holmes’ lawyer has argued for the insanity defense by claiming the attack was one of his psychotic episodes, while the prosecution has called for the death penalty, saying that Holmes’ knew what he was doing despite his mental history.

Prosecution has argued that Holmes’ written plans, purchase of weapons, and the traps he left in his apartment are proof that he was functional enough to distinguish right from wrong throughout the massacre.

Four days ago, Colorado moved to the third stage of it’s trial proceedings after the jury decided that Holmes was eligible to receive the death penalty. Federal law mandates that the jury must unanimously vote to impose execution, and any holdout would nullify the vote.

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