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'Dark Knight' shooter James Holmes avoids death for his crimes

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'Dark Knight' shooter James Holmes avoids death for his crimes

James Holmes has not been sentenced to death for his violent killing spree in a Colorado cinema.

The 27-year-old killed 12 people and injured 70 others after going on a shooting rampage at an Aurora, Colorado in 2012 during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

And last night a jury delivered the verdict for his crime.

According to Deadline the jury, which is comprised of nine women and three men, decided Holmes should spend life in prison. He avoided the death penalty because in the state of Colorado it is necessary for all jurors to unanimously agree to put a defendant on death row.

In addition to 24 counts of murder, Holmes was found guilty last month of two separate charges of attempted murder for each of the 70 surviving victims. His final charge was for possession of an explosive or incendiary device due to the way his apartment was booby trapped when police arrived to investigate, bringing the total amount of charges to 165.

During his trial, the prosecution’s case was strong, as the attorney brought forth 69 of the 70 people who were injured but survived the attack. Many of the survivors shared grim accounts of how terrible it was to see loved ones die before them and described the harrowing experience of being trapped in a dark theatre unable to move. Some of these survivors were missing limbs or had been paralysed as a result of their gunshot wounds.

Holmes’ defense team attempted unsuccessfully to claim their client was insane.

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