Belittled by the judge and jeered by spectators, James Holmes was sent to prison for the rest of his life, while the survivors of his murderous attack on a Colorado movie theatre wondered aloud how they would spend the rest of their days.
The mother of Colorado theatre shooter James Holmes gave an impromptu public apology Tuesday, telling a judge during his sentencing hearing that her son feels remorse but his mental illness and medications made it hard for him to express it.
The grandfather of the youngest victim in the Colorado theatre shootings suggested Monday that one juror might have improperly blocked the death penalty for James Holmes by being untruthful about her beliefs, drawing a forceful rebuke from the judge.
Twelve jurors failed to agree on a death sentence for Colorado theatre shooter James Holmes, prompting shocked sobs from victims, police officers and his own mother. Holmes will instead spend the rest of his life in prison for fatally shooting 12 people.
James Holmes' mother insisted Wednesday that she would "have been crawling on all fours" to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theatre.
James Holmes came home for winter break from graduate school looking haggard and making odd facial expressions that looked similar to the wide-eyed smirk he flashed in one of his first jail booking photos after he opened fire on a crowded Colorado movie theatre seven months later, his father said.
Prosecutors have urged jurors to sentence Colorado theatre shooter James Holmes to death, saying he wanted to murder all 400 people at a midnight movie premiere but managed to kill only 12 because his assault rifle jammed.