Colorado theatre shooter gets life sentence after jury fails to agree on death penalty

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WATCH ABOVE: Gunman James Holmes was spared the death penalty and will spend the rest of his life in prison for the Colorado movie theater massacre. A jury deliberated for about six-and-half hours before handing down its verdict. The sentence comes nearly four months after the trial began. Teri Okita reports.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Colorado theatre shooter James Holmes will be sentenced to life in prison without parole after a jury failed to agree Friday on whether he should get the death penalty for his murderous attack on a packed movie premiere.

The nine women and three men said they could not reach a unanimous verdict on each of the 24 murder counts. That automatically eliminates the death penalty for failed neuroscientist, who blamed his calculated murders of 12 people on mental illness.

READ MORE: Jury in Colorado theatre shooting declines to rule out death penalty

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