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 55 comments Comments 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.