Today in a Colorado court, a judge sentenced James Holmes to a dozen life sentences and 3,318 extra years in prison for killing 12 people and injuring another 70 at a movie theatre in Aurora in July 2012.
Holmes received one life sentence for each victim of the massacre. He was then given thousands of years on top of that for the attempted murders of the injured moviegoers and for setting up explosives in his apartment in the hopes of injuring responding officers. The sentences will be served consecutively, for whatever that is worth.
After announcing the sentence, Judge Carlos A. Samor Jr. said that “if there was ever a case that warranted a maximum sentence, this is the case.” Earlier this month, Holmes’ life was spared after one juror refused to agree to give him the death penalty, citing his mental health.
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