James Holmes Receives 12 Life Terms Plus 3,318 Years In Jail

Posted: Aug 27 2015, 6:30am CDT | by , in News | Latest Political News


James Holmes Receives 12 Life Terms Plus 3,318 Years In Jail
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  • A federal judge sentenced Colorado theater shooter James Holmes to 12 life sentences plus 3,318 years in prison on Aug. 26.

A federal judge sentenced Colorado theater shooter James Holmes to 12 life sentences plus 3,318 years in prison on Aug. 26.

James Holmes will spend more than three thousand years in prison. 

Holmes is the suspect in the mass theater shooting in Aurora, Co. three years ago. He allegedly killed 12 people. There were 70 other casualties, per CNN's Ann O'Neill.

Federal judge Carlos A. Samour, Jr. gave Holmes a life sentence for each person he killed. Samour gave him another 3,318 years for the attempted murders of the other casualties. O'Neill says he Holmes is not eligible for parole.

Holmes will serve the life sentences in succession. Once these are over, he will serve the additional 3,318 years. Prosecutor George Bauchler says this is the fourth-longest sentence in U.S. history, per CNN.

Holmes' attorney is Daniel King. He told BBC his client will not appeal the conviction.  

Samour told the courtroom that Holmes deserves no sympathy:

"It's the court's intention that the defendant never set foot in free society again. If there ever was a case that warranted a maximum sentence, this is the case. The defendant does not deserve any sympathy. 

"Sheriff, get the defendant out of my courtroom please."

The sheriff led Holmes out of the courtroom. The defendant wore a red jumpsuit and chains around his waist, per CNN.

Samour also could not believe why Holmes did what he did. 

"It is almost impossible to comprehend how a human being is capable of such acts," he told BBC. 

Holmes tossed tear gas into Theater 9 of the Century 16 theater on July 20, 2012. According to O'Neill, patrons were watching "The Dark Knight Rises" when Holmes opened fire. He carried a shotgun, rifle and pistol. He also had more than 700 rounds of ammunition.

His gun jammed. He walked out of the theater and surrendered to authorities, per CNN.

The BBC report says Holmes planned the attack for months. During that span, he also amassed several weapons. Holmes also booby-trapped his apartment. He wanted to kill any intruders. 

Holmes admitted he had wanted to kill people since he was a teenager. He has also thought about suicide. He is now 27 years old, per CNN.

His lawyers claim he is a mentally-ill person. They also brought in witnesses who claimed he had a decent upbringing.

Prosecution "portrayed him as a self-absorbed loser," per CNN. It claimed Holmes had a history of violence. This history dates back to his failures in his love life and academics.

O'Neill says Judge Samour "found him to be a quitter who gave up on life and vowed to take on others with him."

The jury rejected the defense's claim. It convicted Holmes of "24 counts of murder, 140 counts of attempted murder and a single explosives charge," per O'Neill. Jury members could not reach a decision on the death penalty. 

Judge Samour said his sentence ends the Holmes shooting case. Had Holmes received the death penalty, the case would have gone on.

He told O'Neill that Holmes will die in prison, anyway.

"Either way you look at it, the defendant is going to die in the custody of a department of corrections," he said. "Death is certain, the only question is when."

Samour also named the 12 fatalities of the 2012 shooting. He told CNN about the impact they could have made:

"We will never know what they would have accomplished. We will never know what impact they would have made in the world. The defendant robbed not only the family members and friends of these victims, he robbed the world of all these deceased victims would have accomplished."  

Some of the victims' family members have called Holmes "a monster." They told CNN it has been difficult to cope with their losses. 

Arlene Holmes has already apologized to the victims' families. Her son has yet to do that. He finds it hard to express his feelings due to his schizophrenia and medication, per O'Neill. 

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