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Judge sentences James Holmes to life in prison

A judge formally sentenced James Holmes, who shot and killed 12 people and wounded 70 others at a movie theater in Aurora, C.O. in 2012, to life in prison with no parole on Wednesday.

“It is almost impossible to comprehend how a human being is capable of such acts,” Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr., who issued the sentence, said.

The jury decided on a life sentence after one juror held out against the death penalty, according to a statement from one of the jurors. “At the point where we knew that one was an absolute holdout we ended the deliberations because that person was solidly in favor of the life sentence,” the juror said.

More than 100 survivors of the shooting testified during Monday and Tuesday’s sentencing hearing about the effect the shooting had on their lives.

Arlene Holmes, James’ mother, addressed the crowd at the court on Tuesday.

“We cannot feel the depth of your pain,” she said. “We can only listen to everything you have expressed, and we pray for you. We pray for your peace, your peace with the sentence. We pray for your ability to sleep at night, and your ability to find a single moment of happiness when that happiness seems completely elusive.”

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