[QODLink]
Americas

Colorado shooter offers conditional plea

Lawyers for James Holmes say he will plead guilty and serve a life prison sentence if he is spared the death penalty.

Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 15:27
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Holmes faces multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder from last year's cinema shooting [Reuters]

The man suspected of last year's Colorado cinema shooting has offered to plead guilty in court, on the condition that he would not be executed. 

Defence lawyers for James Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 people in a shooting rampage at a movie theatre in the city of Aurora in Colorado made the offer according to court documents made public on Wednesday. 

"Prior to arraignment, Mr. Holmes made an offer to the prosecution to resolve the case by pleading guilty and spending the rest of his life in prison without the opportunity for parole," lawyers for Holmes say in the documents.

The documents also say that prosecutors have not yet responded to the defence's offer, which would spare their client the death penalty.

Holmes, 25, is scheduled to be in court on Monday for a hearing in the high-profile case.

Members of the families of victims and survivors were divided on whether prosecutors should accept the plea bargain. 

Holmes faces multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder stemming from the July 20 rampage that also wounded 58 people and was one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

183

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
Featured
Booming global trade in 50-million-year-old amber stones is lucrative, controversial, and extremely dangerous.
Legendary Native-American High Bird was trained in ancient warrior traditions, which he employed in World War II.
Hounded opposition figure says he's hoping for the best at sodomy appeal but prepared to return to prison.
Fears of rising Islamophobia and racial profiling after two soldiers killed in separate incidents.
Group's culture of summary justice is back in Northern Ireland's spotlight after new sexual assault accusations.