James Holmes Arguments Against The Death Penalty

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Witnesses at the Century Aurora 16 complex said minutes into the special midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, James Holmes had slipped through an emergency exit door of the sold-out movie theater, propped it open, and returned armed with three guns and wearing a ballistic helmet, body shields, a gas mask obscuring his face, his hair tinted orange. He tossed two hissing gas or smoke canisters and calmly walked up the aisle open firing at moviegoers, killing 12 and wounding 70. Arrested without resistance while he was standing next to his car behind the Century 16 theater shortly after the shooting and jailed without bail awaiting trial, James Holmes was described by law-enforcement officials as…show more content…
Holmes was convicted on 24 counts of murder and 140 counts of attempted murder for the 2012 Aurora shooting that killed 12 people and injured 70 others. He had no known criminal record prior to the shooting. “We believe that the death penalty is morally wrong, especially when the condemned is mentally ill,” his parents had written in a letter. “He is a human being gripped by severe mental illness. We realize treatment in an institution would be best for our son. We love our son, we have always loved him, and we do not want him to be executed.” The Holmes’s said that their son should be sentenced to life without parole and that the attention that would have gone into a trial should be dedicated to victim recovery. “Our family has not given interviews to the media because we do not want coverage of ourselves,” the couple wrote. “We mourn the deaths and the serious injuries and emotional trauma of the others who were in the theater. The focus should be on the injured and their
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