The jury deciding whether Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes should be sentenced to death ended deliberations Friday after it became apparent one juror would not budge from her opposition to a death sentence, a juror told reporters.
In the end, it appears the jury could not come to a unanimous decision about executing a mentally ill man.
District Attorney George Brauchler said Friday that he was disappointed when the verdicts were read. He apologized to the families of the victims, but several relatives said at a news conference that he did all he could to secure a death sentence, and they appreciated his efforts.
“I still think death is justice for what that guy did, but the system said otherwise,” Brauchler said. “I honor that, and I’ll respect that outcome.”
James Holmes will now spend the rest of his life in prison for the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting where he killed 12 people and wounded 70 others.