A jury’s refusal to give the death penalty to Holmes, as well as Dexter Lewis, who stabbed five people to death in a Denver bar, has some experts wondering whether the ultimate penalty will ever again be applied in Colorado.
A jury’s refusal to give the death penalty to Holmes, as well as Dexter Lewis, who stabbed five people to death in a Denver bar, has some experts wondering whether the ultimate penalty will ever again be applied in Colorado. RJ Sangosti - The Denver Post via AP

Batman theatre shooter begins jail sentence

JAMES Holmes was led out of a Colorado courtroom in shackles Wednesday to begin serving consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole for the shooting deaths of 12 people in a packed Batman movie premiere three years ago.

District Judge Carlos Samour, who spent the last two days listening to statements from victims and survivors of the mass shooting, ordered Holmes, 27, to serve 12 consecutive sentences of life in prison with no possibility of parole for each of the dead.

A jury earlier this month returned the recommendation for consecutive life sentences after being unable to agree on a death sentence for the former neuroscience graduate student.

Under Colorado law, Samour had no other choice but to order the life sentences.

He also ordered maximum sentences, of 3318 years, on the remaining 141 guilty verdicts for attempted murder returned against Holmes for the seventy other people wounded in the rampage.

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