CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Aug. 26, 2015) — Colorado theater shooter James Holmes has been formally sentenced.
Judge Carlos Samour Jr. sentenced Holmes to 12 consecutive life sentences plus 3,318 years for the July 20, 2012, massacre. Sentencing followed two days of testimony from survivors of the massacre. Holmes killed 12 people and injured 70 when he opened fire on a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” He was found guilty in July on 165 counts, including 24 counts of first-degree murder.
Holmes received the maximum of 48 years in prison and five years of mandatory parole for the combined attempted murder counts for a total of 3,216 years. He also received 32 years in prison and five years of mandatory parole for the combined second-degree murder convictions for a total 96 years. He received six years possession or control of a explosive or incendiary device.
After Samour announced the sentence, he said, “Sheriff, get the defendant out of my courtroom, please,” followed by applause from those in the courtroom.