James Holmes jurors reach sentencing decision

James Holmes was found guilty of first-degree murder in the theater shootings in Colorado

File - In this June 4, 2013 file photo, Aurora theater mass shooter James Holmes, who was convicted on July 16, 2015, appears in court, in Centennial, Colo. Even if Holmes is sentenced to death, he could spend much of the rest of his life in prison awaiting execution. Colorado has executed only one person in the last forty years, Gary Davis, in 1997. Just three people sit on death row in Colorado. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, file)

The Associated Press

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) – Jurors have reached a decision on whether to keep the death penalty as an option for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes.

A court spokesman said the decision would be announced at 11:30 p.m. PT.

Jurors began deliberating Thursday after Holmes’ parents made an emotional plea for mercy because he is mentally ill. The jury took Friday off and resumed deliberations Monday.

The nine women and three men were asked to decide whether Holmes’ mental illness and other circumstances mean he should be sentenced to life in prison instead of death for the 2012 attack that left 12 people dead and 70 injured.

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