Theater shooter Holmes gets 12 life sentences, plus 3318 years

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Colorado Shooter James Holmes Gets 12 Life Sentences, Thousands of Extra Years in Jail.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The man who unleashed a murderous attack on a packed Colorado movie theater was ordered Wednesday to serve life in prison without parole plus 3,318 years — the maximum allowed by law — before the judge told deputies, “Get the defendant out of my courtroom, please.” The gallery applauded the remark by Judge Carlos A.Today in a Colorado court, a judge sentenced James Holmes to a dozen life sentences and 3,318 extra years in prison for killing 12 people and injuring another 70 at a movie theatre in Aurora in July 2012. Holmes’ carefully planned and merciless attack was carried out on hundreds of defenceless moviegoers who were watching a midnight Batman film premiere in Aurora.

James Holmes, 27, was convicted of first-degree murder and 140 counts of attempted first degree murder, for the shooting at a packed midnight screening of a Batman film. at a multiplex in the Denver suburb of Aurora. Judge Carlos A Samour Jr had no other sentencing option after a jury earlier this month did not unanimously agree that Holmes should receive the death penalty.

He was then given thousands of years on top of that for the attempted murders of the injured moviegoers and for setting up explosives in his apartment in the hopes of injuring responding officers. Holmes, who has been diagnosed with varying forms of schizophrenia, could end up in the corrections department’s mental hospital, the 250-bed San Carlos Correctional Facility in Pueblo.

Holmes’ mother Arlene also addressed the court, and testified earlier during the trial that schizophrenia was to blame for their son’s actions, and she said on Tuesday that the couple pray for those left behind. “We do not refer to ourselves as victims because we cannot be placed in the same category as everyone else. Holmes moved from California to Colorado in 2011 and entered a prestigious postgraduate neuroscience program at the University of Colorado, Denver, but he dropped out after a year. However, Samour said on Wednesday whatever illness Holmes may have suffered, there was overwhelming evidence that a significant part of his conduct had been driven by “moral obliquity, mental depravity … anger, hatred, revenge, or similar evil conditions.” Before the sentencing, District Attorney George Brauchler told the judge: “The maximum sentence for the maximum evil, your honor,” and told the court he wished Holmes could spend his days in solitary confinement, surrounded by photos of the people he killed. By that time, he had carefully planned his attack – including stockpiling ammunition and studying the theatre complex to choose the auditorium would allow for the most casualties. 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.

Prosecutors subsequently said one juror refused to sentence Holmes to death, apparently swayed by defence arguments that he did not deserve execution because he suffers from mental illness. On the evening of the attack, he rigged his apartment with explosives in order to divert the emergency services from the scene of the attack, but the devices failed to detonate. They said Holmes had been 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. 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.

His attorneys argued that Holmes, who had just dropped out of a prestigious graduate neuroscience program, was gripped by a psychotic episode when he opened fire. The judge sentencing Colorado theater shooter James Holmes issued a withering condemnation of a man he said quit on his friends, his family and his life — and decided that if he was quitting, he was taking people with him. The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case has given a spirited rebuttal to victims who complained in recent days that James Holmes will get a cushy life behind bars. Samour also told victims and survivors that it’s unclear where Holmes will spend his life sentence without parole, but he noted it might be a state other than Colorado.

Holmes has already been sentenced to 12 life terms for murder in the 2012 attack, but he also has to be sentenced for dozens of attempted murder and weapons charges. Samour Jr. was reading generic sentencing language before handing down Holmes’ term on more than 100 criminal convictions, from attempted murder to weapons charges.

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