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CO movie theater shooting suspect wants life, not death penalty

4 years 1 month 4 weeks ago March 27, 2013 Mar 27, 2013 Wednesday, March 27 2013 March 27, 2013 3:03 PM in News
Source: WBRZ, Associated Press
By: Trey Schmaltz

DENVER- The man accused of opening fire inside a Colorado movie theater during the premiere of Batman last summer has offered to plead guilty and spend the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty.

Lawyers for James Holmes made the offer in a motion filed Wednesday but said prosecutors haven't accepted the offer because they may want to pursue the death penalty.
Prosecutors are set to announce Monday whether they'll seek capital punishment.

Seventy people were shot, including a young woman from Baton Rouge. She survived, but 12 others did not.

Prosecutors would likely consult with victims and their families before deciding whether to accept Holmes' offer.
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