James Eagan Holmes was sentenced by a Colorado judge to multiple life terms plus thousands of years in prison for the Aurora movie theatre massacre where we’re killed 12 and wounded 70.
Holmes is a 27-year-old former grad student which received one life term for each person he killed. In addition, he also received also 3,318 years for the attempted murders of those 70 people wounded and for rigging his apartment with explosives.
Wednesday, after imposing the sentence Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. said: “It is court’s intention that the defended never set foot on free society again. The defended does not deserve any sympathy.”
Prosecutor George Brauchler said that this sentence was the fourth longest in U.S. history.
Holmes had his “Dark Night” trial
Wearing a gas mask, a helmet and a ballistic gear, James Eagan Holmes tossed tear gas into Theater 9 of the Century 16 in megaplex Aurora during the first minutes of “The Dark Knight Rises”. Armed with a rifle, a pistol and a shotgun, he opened fire on July 20, 2012. Also, he had more than 700 rounds of ammunition with him. After this massacre, Holmes walked out of the theater and surrendered.
The testimony focused in Holmes’ mental illness too. There was revealed a notebook containing his detailed plans and rambling thoughts for the massacre. Holmes said that he had been obsessed with killing people since he was a little boy and that he studied neuroscience in order to fix his own “broken brain”.
These defense portrait, Holms being a victim of mental illness, brought a parade of witnesses who said about him that he is a sweet and academically gifted child. In the end, the judge found him as a person who abandoned life and vowed to take others with him.