CENTENNIAL, Colo., — In a decision that surprised many in this community, a jury sentenced James E. Holmes to life in prison with no chance of parole on Friday, rejecting the death penalty for the man who carried out a 2012 shooting rampage that killed 12 people in a Colorado movie theater.
As the courtroom waited for Judge Carlos Samour Jr. to review the verdict, only the sound of him turning pages could be heard. Minutes later, he read each sentence of life, noting that jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the counts against Mr. Holmes, sending him to prison for life.
If even one person dissented, the sentence is life in prison.
Mr. Homes offered little emotion, standing before the judge with his hands in his pockets.
Since Mr. Holmes was convicted last month of more than 160 counts of murder and attempted murder…
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