Colorado Theater Gunman Sentenced to Life in Prison

- VOA News,August 9, 2015

Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes will spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury failed to agree on the death penalty Friday.

The same jury found him guilty last month of the July, 2012 massacre in a suburban theater in Aurora, outside Denver. Holmes opened fire on audience watching the Batman film The Dark Night Rises, killing 12 people and wounding 70.

Holmes stared straight ahead and showed no reaction when the jury's decision was read. He showed no emotion during the trial, even when the evidence was graphic and victims' family members testified about their suffering.

Under Colorado state law, all 12 jury members must agree on the death penalty. Instead, Holmes was automatically given a life sentence with no chance of parole.

Holmes' lawyers tried but failed to persuade the jury that the 27 year-old college dropout was mentally ill, suffering from schizophrenia and could not tell right from wrong.

Prosecutors countered that Holmes knew what he was doing and had written about his murderous plans in a diary. They say he he listened to loud music through headphones when he shot into the audience to block out the screams of the victims.

科罗拉多影院枪手判终身监禁

- 美国之音,2015年8月9日

科罗拉多州电影院枪手霍姆斯将在监牢度过余生。陪审团星期五未能就死刑达成一致。

同一个陪审团上个月判定他有罪,他被控2012年月在丹佛郊外一个电影院开枪滥杀。霍姆斯向观看蝙蝠侠影片的观众开火,射杀12人,伤70人。

霍姆斯在听取陪审团决定时凝视前方,没有露出反应。他在审讯过程中没有表露情绪,即使在触目惊心的证据当庭出示和死难者家属表述痛苦时也是如此。

根据科罗拉多州法,死刑必须经过陪审团12名成员全体同意。霍姆斯随后自动获得终身监禁,不得保释。

霍姆斯的律师试图说服陪审团这个17岁的大学辍学生患有精神分裂症,不能分别是非。

检察官反驳说,霍姆斯知道他在做什么,曾在日记中写下他的杀人计划。检察官表示,他在向观众射击时戴着耳机听着高音量的音乐,以便隔绝受害者的惊叫声。