James Holmes Offers to Plead Guilty to Avoid Death Penalty
Prosecutors haven't decided whether to accept
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2013 4:08 PM CDT
This March 12, 2013, file photo shows James Holmes in court.   (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

(Newser) – It's possible the legal case involving Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes could be wrapped up in a matter of days. His attorneys said today he is willing to plead guilty and take a life sentence without possibility of parole in order to avoid the death penalty, reports the Denver Post. Prosecutors were talking to victims' families—12 people were killed in the theater massacre and about 60 injured—and had not decided whether to accept the deal or pursue a death penalty conviction. If they accept, all could be resolved at the next scheduled court appearance on April 1.

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1492
Mar 29, 2013 9:14 PM CDT
The families of the victims should not be put into a position of having to decide whether he lives or not. This may be too hard on some of their families. Some may feel sorry for him and want to let him live. If they have to decide on the outcome of the sentence, some may not be able to live with their decision. The court must rule. 1942
slammer
Mar 29, 2013 1:22 AM CDT
system is fubar to the max!!!!! kill him now and end a sad story!!!
1492
Mar 28, 2013 10:02 PM CDT
Who gave his victims a choice? 1942