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James Holmes offers guilty plea to avoid death penalty

2:32 PM, Mar 27, 2013   |    comments
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By Michael Winter, USA TODAY

Attorneys for Denver-area theater shooting suspect James Holmes have offered to have him plead guilty and be jailed for life to avoid the death penalty, KUSA-TV is reporting.

The prosecution has not yet responded to the offer, which came in a court filing Wednesday.

"Mr. Holmes is currently willing to resolve the case to bring the proceedings to a speedy and definite conclusion," the filing reads.

The 25-year-old Holmes is charged with first-degree murder for the July 20 rampage that killed 12 moviegoers and wounded dozens more at the premiere of the latest Batman film at a multiplex in Aurora.

On March 12, a judge entered a not guilty plea on Holmes' behalf Tuesday but said he could enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity later.

Trial is set for Aug. 5.

The Denver TV station, owned by Gannett, USA TODAY's parent, notes that a similar plea deal was offered to Tucson mass-shooter Jared Loughner, who will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing six and wounding 13, including former U.S. congresswoman Gabby Giffords.


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