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08/08/2015 09:59 AM ID: 100939 Permalink   

Colorado Theater Shooter James Holmes Avoids Death Penalty


James Holmes, the man who opened fire during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora in July 2012, was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Friday.

The 27-year-old received an automatic life sentence after the jury failed to agree on whether he should get the death penalty for killing 12 and injuring 70 people.

"The death of a seriously mentally ill man is not justice," defense attorney Tamara Brady says. The sentence does not come as a surprise as only one person has been executed in the state since the death penalty was reinstated in 1975.

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In the long run I think that is a good thing. Death penalty cases usually drag on for 20, 30 or 40 years before they are carried out due to limitless appeals. It costs the state millions in appeals. Life sentences are a hell of a lot cheaper.

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  by: Lurker     08/08/2015 04:04 PM     
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