James Holmes has been found guilty of first-degree murder after opening fire in a Colorado movie theater and now, roughly three years later on Aug. 7, his final sentencing has been determined he will not get the death penalty.
James Holmes, 27, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his heinous crimes. It was on July 20 of 2012 that he opened fire in a Colorado movie theater killing 12 innocent individuals and now, he will pay the price. Find out more about his final sentencing.
After seven hours of deliberations, the jury of nine women and three men could not come to a unanimous decision on the death penalty. The outcome of their lack of a decision meant that Holmes would not be sentenced to death for his crimes. However, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The trial of Holmes entered the sentencing phase on July 22, which happened to be almost 3 years to the date that he opened fire during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” killing 12 and injuring 70 others. He was officially found guilty on 165 counts, including 24 counts of first-degree murder (two counts for each victim).
The jurors decided that there were “aggravating circumstances” that warranted the death penalty. His legal team fought that he suffered from a severe mental illness at the time of the shooting “He has a serious mental illness,” his mom, Arlene Holmes, told the court. “He didn’t ask for that. Schizophrenia chose him. He didn’t choose it, and I still love my son.”
A week later on August 3, the jurors determined that “mitigating factors” (his mental illnesses) do not make up for the disgusting crime he committed.
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— Shira Benozilio