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Colorado mass shooting suspect pleads guilty, avoids death penalty

Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes has offered to plead guilty and spend the rest of his life behind bars in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Prosecutors have not accepted the offer because they may choose to pursue the death penalty.

“Prior to arraignment, Mr. Holmes made an offer to the prosecution to resolve this case by pleading guilty and spending the rest of his life in prison, without any opportunity for parole,” the documents read.

“If the prosecution elects not to pursue the death penalty, then it is Mr. Holmes’ position that this case could be resolved on April 1.”

Prosecutors have said they will make a decision on whether or not to seek the death penalty against the 25-year-old Holmes at a hearing April 1.

This month, a judge entered a standard plea of not guilty for Holmes, who is accused of a shooting rampage at a Colorado movie theater that left 12 people dead and 58 injured on July 20, 2012.

In the documents filed Wednesday, his attorneys said they are still exploring a mental health defense, “and counsel will vigorously present and argue any and all appropriate defenses at a trial or sentencing proceeding, as necessary.”

“Nevertheless, Mr. Holmes is currently willing to resolve the case to bring the proceedings to a speedy and definite conclusion for all involved.”

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11 Comments to “Colorado mass shooting suspect pleads guilty, avoids death penalty”

    really said:
    March 27, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    fry him,reject the offer

    318mopar said:
    March 27, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    No Deal.

    Spec investigator said:
    March 27, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Maybe a couple of weeks in 'general population' will take care of itself. It worked for Jeffrey Dahmer.

    anonomouse said:
    March 27, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    He'll get free room and board, free meals, free clothes, free sex, free drugs, free education, and a job for the rest of his miserable life courtesy of the tax payers. Google this: "Richard Speck prison tapes"; That right there is more than enough argument for the death penalty!

    esco said:
    March 27, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Did his victims receive a deal? Then why does he deserve one?

    sadsack said:
    March 27, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Accept it ..Then one right behind the left ear….$$ mag will work just fine…Oppps the safety was off…hehehe

    pete_T_Punk said:
    March 27, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    You forgot free health care.
    (Could even get him a sex change ala Speck!)
    They should bring back the electric chair just for him!

    kalvenK said:
    March 27, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    One of two things is going to happen with this mass of waste: 1.) He gets general population and someone shanks him or 2.) He gets the "good" life like Richard Speck.
    Sure am hoping for option 1!

    Tired of the Morons said:
    March 27, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    I love this guy!

    Charles said:
    March 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    This is the problem with our system that this is even a thought in anyone’s mind….. Prosecutors should be in jail beside him for wasting the public’s time.

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