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(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) — James Holmes, the convicted gunman in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shootings, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Holmes stood silently Wednesday in a maroon jail jumpsuit, as Colorado judge Carlos Samour handed down his formal sentence of 12 life terms without parole, plus 3,318 years — the maximum under Colorado state law.
Samour acknowledged that some families and survivors of the July 20, 2012 shootings are unhappy that Holmes did not get the death penalty, but noted the gunman will die in the custody of the Department of Corrections.
“Your healing is not tied to the defendant’s fate,” Samour told those watching from the gallery, adding he cannot fathom their pain.

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