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James Holmes Faces 142 Counts, Death Penalty

July 30, 2012  | 

Prosecutors charged the man allegedly responsible for one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history with 141 felonies in connection with the midnight movie theater shooting that left 12 dead and 58 wounded.

James Holmes, 24, faces 24 murder charges, including 12 first-degree counts and 12 counts of "murder with extreme indifference." The minimum sentence for those charges is life without parole; the maximum is the death penalty, according to the Denver Post.

The other charges include 116 counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of an explosive device. The remaining charge was one count of a sentence enhancer for a crime of violence.

Holmes opened fire during a screening of "The Dark Knight Returns" on July 20 in Aurora, Colo., and was arrested by SWAT officers who quickly arrived at the scene.

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Tags: Active Shooters, Murder Prosecutions, 2012 Aurora Shooting


Comments (3)

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Roger @ 7/30/2012 4:43 PM

I agree with the charges, but how does killing 12 equate to 24 sentences of murder?

Russ @ 7/30/2012 7:32 PM

The Jury has the right and given ability by the court, to determine that the prosecution has not presented enough evidence to meet the requirements, beyond a reasonable doubt. In this situation, they would go with a lessor charge having that already been charged.

mark haskins @ 7/31/2012 7:42 AM

I really wish all media would stop using this deranged killer's name which only helps grant him his wish for notoriety and may fuel the ambitions of other to commit horrific acts for publicity.

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