Colorado movie gunman James Holmes assaulted by fellow prisoner

24 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Aurora theater shooter James Holmes assaulted by another inmate in Colorado State Penitentiary: officials.

DENVER: Convicted mass killer James Holmes, who is serving multiple life sentences for gunning down a dozen people at a movie theater in 2012, was assaulted by another inmate at a high-security Colorado prison, a corrections official said on Friday. FILE – This Aug. 24, 2015, file photo James Holmes appears in court for the sentencing phase in his trial at Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. (AP) Adrienne Jacobson, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department Corrections, told The Denver Post that inmate Mark “Slim” Daniels, 27, lunged at Holmes and took a few shots at him while the officer was escorting Holmes through a hallway on Oct. 8. Daniels, who is 6-foot-4 and weighs 195 pounds, attacked as a prison guard moved him through the corridor of a day hall where Holmes is allowed to spend four hours per day, Corrections officials told the newspaper. A corrections officer who got in between the two inmates during the dust-up and was not injured, she said, adding that Daniels will be charged administratively with assaulting Holmes and the officer.

Daniels is serving time for multiple convictions that include menacing, auto theft, assault and smuggling contraband into prison, according to the Post. Holmes, 27, was convicted in August of multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder stemming from a July 2012 shooting rampage at a Denver-area multiplex that killed 12 moviegoers and wounded 70 others. Prosecutors sought the death penalty for the California native, who had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but jurors could not unanimously agree that he should be executed.

A judge sentenced Holmes to a dozen life sentences with no possibility of parole, plus a maximum 3,318 years for his conviction on attempted murder and explosive charges. Holmes was moved to the penitentiary in September, although corrections officials have said it is unclear where he will ultimately serve out the reminder of his life sentences because his high-profile makes him a security risk.

During an interview with a court-appointed psychiatrist that was videotaped and shown to jurors at the murder trial, Holmes said he could hear other prisoners at the jail where he was held calling him “a baby killer and stuff.”

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