Colorado Movie Theater Shooter James Holmes' Parents Plead Against Death Penalty
Prosecutors are pushing for the death sentence in the case of Colorado movie-theater shooter James Holmes, while Holmes pleads not guilty by reason of insanity. Holmes' parents wrote a two-page letter to the Denver Post pleading for the life of their son, saying he should be institutionalized but that they do not believe in the death penalty, especially when the accused is mentally ill. Holmes murdered dozens of people and attempted to murder 70 others in an Aurora movie theater in July 2012. He also supposedly left booby traps in his apartment for police. The court has issued two sanity exams for Holmes, though the results have yet to be released. The newspaper published the letter even as jurors are about to be selected for the upcoming trial.
By Jordan Moses
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