James Holmes sentenced to life in prison in theater shooting

Aug 7, 2015 7:11 PM

Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting case have reached a decision of life in prison without the possibility of parole for James Holmes.

They deliberated for about six and a half hours before reaching a decision Friday.

The same jurors rejected Holmes' insanity defense and convicted him of murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 others three years ago at a suburban Denver movie theater.

During the sentencing phase, the defense told jurors that the shooting was caused by the psychotic breakdown of a mentally ill young man. The nine women and three men also listened to the stories of the children, spouses and parents of the 12 people killed and how their lives were changed forever by the attack. James Holmes and his parents, Robert and Arlene Holmes, have lived in Rancho Penasquitos since James was a child. He attended Westview High School before deciding to study neuroscience at University of Colorado.


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