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Prosecution pushes death penalty for Colorado theater shooting suspect

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Courtesy of Los Angeles Times

Centennial, Colorado (CNN) — Prosecutors said Monday they will seek the death penalty for Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes despite his offer last week to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding a death sentence.

“It is my determination and my intention that in this case for James Eagan Holmes, justice is death,” Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler said.

Before reaching the decision, the district attorney said he spoke directly with dozens of victims’ family members.

Bryan Beard, whose close friend was killed in the massacre, said one thought ran through his mind when he heard the district attorney announce his decision in court: “Thank goodness. I am so happy this is happening.”

“The only way death will receive justice when somebody murders somebody else is death,” Beard told CNN Denver affiliate KMGH-TV during a break in Monday’s court proceedings. “I guess you fight fire with fire.”

Last week defense attorneys filed documents saying Holmes had offered to plead guilty and spend the rest of his life behind bars in exchange for avoiding the death penalty.

Prosecutors took the defense to task for publicly offering it, saying they hadn’t been given enough information to even consider such a deal.

For the complete CNN story, go here.

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2 comments

  • Mr Holmes

    Death may be too easy of a punnishment, and doesnt it cost more to put prisoner on death row? Dont we have to keep him there forever and ever oh and what about appeals probably costing the state (actually Tax Payers) Millions. Its not like the death penalty means they will kill him right after the trial. I say prison for life without parole, that way he gets to suffer and maybe be sombody's biach! Convicts will probably kill him anyway