CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Colorado theater shooter James Holmes has been sentenced to life after a jury failed to agree on a death penalty.
The jurors returned the sentence Friday. The same jury had rejected his insanity defense, finding Holmes capable of understanding right from wrong when he murdered 12 people and tried to kill 70 others in 2012.
Prosecutors argued that the former neuroscience graduate student deserved death for methodically planning the massacre.
But the previously decisive nine women and three men didn't agree on death for Holmes, whose lawyers blamed the attack on mental illness.