The judge in the Colorado movie massacre trial will condemn the gunman to 12 life sentences and potentially thousands more years in prison on Wednesday, and is expected to address James Holmes directly as the proceedings conclude.
Holmes was found guilty in July of murdering 12 people and wounding 70 when he opened fire inside a packed midnight screening of a Batman film at a multiplex in the Denver suburb of Aurora.
The jury did not reach a unanimous decision on whether he should be executed. That meant the former neuroscience graduate student, who had pleaded insanity, got a dozen automatic life sentences with no possibility of parole.
After two days of often tearful and sometimes angry testimony from victims of Holmes’ July 2012 rampage, the lead prosecutor said on Tuesday the shooter should get every day of the longest possible sentence.