Colorado shooting: James Holmes handed 12 life sentences and maximum 3,318 years in prison without parole over movie theatre massacre

A gunman who murdered 12 people and injured 70 others when he carried out a carefully planned shooting at a movie theatre in Colorado has been handed life sentences for each fatality and the maximum 3,318 years in prison.

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.

The death penalty, which is legal in Colorado, was not used in the case as the jury did not unanimously agree that Holmes should receive the punishment for the attack on 20 July 2012.

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Judge Carlos A Samour Jr sentenced the former neuroscience student after survivors – including member of the emergency services who attended the incident – gave testimonies in court over two emotional days.

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Source News: Independent