Colorado court sentences Aurora shooter James Holmes to 12 lifetimes in jail

27 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Aurora gunman won’t appeal sentence.

Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes stands with defence attorney Daniel King (left) at a court hearing, before beginning his life sentence with no chance of parole, in Centennial, Colorado, on August 26, 2015.Judge Carlos Samour handed down the sentences after a withering condemnation of Holmes as an angry quitter who gave up on life and turned his hatred into murder and mayhem against innocent victims. Picture: RJ Sangosti Colorado – James Holmes was ordered out of a Colorado courtroom in shackles on Wednesday to begin serving consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole for shooting dead 12 people in a packed Batman movie premiere. District Judge Carlos Samour, who spent two days listening to statements from victims and survivors of the 2012 mass shooting, ordered Holmes, 27, to serve 12 consecutive sentences of life in prison for each of the dead.

Samour’s stern tone was “the right exclamation point at the end of this case”, District Attorney and lead prosecutor George Brauchler told reporters. “By having the case completed with no appeals, it means the victims don’t have to be continuously hearing about the case or proceedings for the next decade or decades to come,” Samour added. He also ordered maximum sentences on the remaining guilty verdicts for attempted murder returned against Holmes for the 70 other people wounded in the rampage. The jury had twice rejected the defence’s arguments that Holmes was mentally ill when he opened fire on July 20, 2012 during the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in an Aurora, Colorado movie theatre. He first appeared in court with bright orange hair three years ago, but during the three-month-long trial he wore a neat shirt, jacket and pants and his hair and beard were dark brown.

He also dismissed complaints that the trial was a waste of time, noting it gave family members and survivors an opportunity to tell the world about their ordeal. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. She said his mental illness and medications make it hard for him to express it. “We know that is very, very hard for people to see,” Arlene Holmes testified. “We cannot feel the depths of your pain. They said Holmes was obsessed with the idea of mass killing since childhood, and he pursued neuroscience in an effort to find out what was wrong with his brain.

Prosecutors pointed both to Holmes’ elaborate planning for the attack and his refusal to divulge to anyone — family, friends, psychiatrists — that he was thinking, and planning, murder.

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