Theater shooting verdict: James Holmes sentenced to life in prison

Jason Sickles

Three years and 19 days after a heavily armed gunman terrorized a packed Denver-area movie theater, a Colorado jury has reached a decision on the shooter’s fate. James Holmes, who was found guilty last month of killing 12 moviegoers and injuring 70 others, received a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The case experienced numerous delays, largely due to legal battles surrounding the gunman’s mental illness.

Arapahoe County Judge Carlos Samour read the verdict shortly after 5 p.m. MT / 7 p.m. ET. Below is analysis from Yahoo News national reporter Jason Sickles, who has covered the tragedy since July 2012.