#JamesHolmes Sentence: Life In Prison

The jury, after deciding that James Holmes was guilty, and then eligible for the death penalty, has now come back for phase three of this process and could not come to a unanmious verdict on the death penalty. As a result, James Holmes will be sentenced to life in prison.

Video still from phase three of James Holmes' sentencing trial, from August 6, 2015 (via AP)
Video still from phase three of James Holmes’ sentencing trial, from August 6, 2015 (via AP)

The jurors had to consider many factors during this penalty phase.

The decision follows over three months of often emotional testimony from those who survived the attack — some in wheelchairs — and the children and parents left to figure out their lives without their loved ones.

They recalled sometimes funny stories about their family members, but many also described how they or their relatives have struggled with depression, PTSD and nightmares since the shooting.

Jurors also viewed graphic images of the wounded and the dead.

Jurors also heard from Holmes’ parents, who drew a contrast between the man who entered the theater dressed in body armor and the boy they knew growing up, who was never violent and excelled at school. The defense showed jurors photographs of James Holmes hanging on in the backyard with children from the neighborhood and playing in the surf near his home in California.

It was the first time Robert and Arlene Holmes spoke publicly about their love and support for their son, other than an appeal to try to save his life in an op-ed published just before jury selection started.

The death penalty required unanimous consent from the jurors. Because they did not, item three on the final sentencing form applied to every murder charge.

Some family members of the victims will be perfectly fine with this verdict. Others will not be. But by default, James Holmes has escaped the death penalty. He should now be tossed into a dark cell and forgotten forever.

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