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Charges give Colo. prosecutors sentencing options

2 years ago July 30, 2012 Jul 30, 2012 Monday, July 30 2012 Monday, July 30, 2012 4:14:37 PM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Colorado prosecutors charged the suspect in the Aurora movie theater shooting with multiple counts for each victim to create more options during sentencing, if he's convicted.

James Holmes was charged with 24 counts of murder, two each for the 12 people killed, and 116 counts of attempted murder, two each for the 58 injured.

For the murder charges, one count included murder with deliberation, the other murder with extreme indifference. Both carry a maximum death penalty upon conviction.

A former chief deputy district attorney says a conviction under extreme indifference means that any life sentences would have to be served consecutively, not concurrently.

In addition, Holmes was charged with one count of possession of explosives and one count of a crime of violence, which is a gun charge.

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