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Jury Announced Its Verdict on James Holmes: "Life Imprisonment"

Updated August 7, 2015
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Jury Announced Its Verdict on James Holmes

A jury announced its verdict Friday on whether James Holmes should be executed or spend life in prison for committing mass murder in a Colorado movie theater that became one of the worst shootings in U.S. history.

The final verdict is:  "No Unanimous Verdict, Life Sentenced Imposed"

Since the jury could not reach a unanimous decision, the court defaulted to a mandatory life sentence verdict. 

Holmes shocked the country when he killed 12 people and wounded 70 more in a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora in July of 2012. 

It did not take long for the jury to convict Holmes of 24 counts of first-degree murder -- two for each of the victims slain in the shooting.  The convictions initiated proceedings on whether he should receive the death penalty.

James Holmes

The jury reached a sentencing verdict after deliberating almost seven hours since late Thursday before they announced the decision. 

It's being reported that there was one juror who held out against the death penalty.  When it became apparent that the juror's mind couldn't be changed - a life sentence was chosen.

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