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James Holmes formally sentenced to life for movie theater massacre

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James Holmes, the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooter who murdered 12 people during a 2012 screening of The Dark Knight Rises, was formally sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison with no chance of parole. Judge Carlos A. Samour, Jr., added more than 3,300 years to the sentence for the additional convictions of attempted murder and possession of explosives, according to the Associated Press.

The sentencing was mostly a formality. The death penalty, though legal in Colorado, was not an option for Samour. Though the jury rejected Holmes’ plea of insanity and returned a guilty verdict, they were not unanimous — 11-1, in favor — about a death sentence. “The defendant will never be a free man again, ever,” Samour told the courtroom. “The place of death, generally speaking, has been determined. The only question that remains unanswered is the time of death.”

Holmes’ attorney, Daniel King, said there were no plans to appeal the conviction. 

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