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Colorado theater gunman’s sentencing caps grueling trial

(AP) — Belittled by the judge and jeered by spectators, James Holmes was sent to prison for the rest of his life Wednesday, while the survivors of his murderous attack on a Colorado movie theater wondered aloud how they would spend the rest of their days.

Samour described Holmes as an angry quitter who gave up on life and turned his hatred into murder and mayhem against innocent strangers.

Survivors and victims’ family members in the gallery cheered, and someone shouted “Loser!” as deputies took Holmes away.

The long, grueling trial came to its formal conclusion three years and 37 days after Holmes murdered 12 people and tried to kill 70 more during a midnight showing of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” in the Denver suburb of Aurora.

The judge also dismissed complaints that the trial was a waste of time, noting it gave family members and survivors an opportunity to tell the world about their ordeal.

Victim advocates then collected dozens of colorful tissue boxes scattered about the courtroom floor and loaded them into a brown box.

Last month, the jury rejected that plea, finding Holmes knew right from wrong when he slipped into the theater dressed head-to-toe in body armor and started shooting.

Holmes’ mother, Arlene, was the last to testify during his emotional sentencing hearing, saying her son feels remorse but his mental illness and medications make it hard for him to express it.

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