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Theater Shooter's Parents Plead for His Life

By Clip Syndicate
The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes pleaded Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain, a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial. The statement released by Robert and Arlene Holmes emphasized a key legal issue in the tortured history of the case, whether Holmes was sane when 12 people were killed and 70 others were injured, and whether he should die if convicted of the crime. In just their second public comments since the 2012 attack, the parents wrote, "He is a human being gripped by a severe mental illness. We have always loved him, and we do not want him to be executed."

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