The man convicted of the Colorado Movie theatre shooting has been formally sentenced to life in prison.
The sentence was passed down by Judge Carlos Samour Jr. on Wednesday after two days of testimony from survivors of the 2012 massacre which left 12 dead and 70 injured.
During the sentencing Samour described James Holmes as an angry quitter who gave up on life and turned his hatred into murder and mayhem against innocent victims adding that it is almost impossible to comprehend how a human being is capable of such acts.
He also pointed out that at least one juror showed Holmes the mercy that he refused to show his victims when the jury failed to reach the unanimous decision needed to lead to the death penalty.
In addition to the life sentence handed down for murder, Holmes was also sentenced to 3,200 years additional years for attempted murder and an explosives conviction.
His Lawyer had argued that the former neuroscience student had been in the grip of a severe psychotic episode when he carried out the attacks in the Denver suburb of Aurora.
However, prosecutors disputed this, pointing to the meticulous planning that went into the crime.