The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Print Edition
Letter to the editor submissions
Have a strong opinion about something happening on campus or in Fort Collins? Want to respond to an article written on The Collegian? Write a Letter to the Editor by following the guidelines here.
Follow Us on Twitter
Lando Norris in Miami. Accident win or the birth of a new star?
May 17, 2024

  On May 5, 2024, an essential event for Formula 1 occurred in Miami. One of the favorites of the world public, the Briton Lando...

Verdict announced for Aurora theater shooting

Nearly three years to the day after the Aurora theater tragedy, a verdict has been reached in James Holmes trial.

Holmes was found guilty of 12 accounts of murder in the first degree, as well as multiple accounts of attempted murder. Holmes stood emotionless for nearly an hour as the verdicts for each account were read by Judge Carlos Samour Jr.


The jury must now decide if Holmes will face the death penalty or a lifetime prison sentence. Although Holmes denied to testify during the first phase of the trial, he may testify now that he faces the potential of a death sentence.

The shooting took place at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” July 20, 2012, at the Century 16 Theater in Aurora.

The jurors deliberated for about 13 hours and ultimately rejected the defense’s argument of insanity, according to 9 News Denver. Two of the jurors were connected to the Columbine shooting, while others had connections to mental health issues.

Two psychiatrists testified that Holmes was mentally ill but legally sane during the shooting.

Holmes’ trial began April 27, 2015.

Collegian Managing Editor Katie Schmidt can be reached at or on Twitter @KatieDSchmidt.

View Comments (9)
More to Discover

Comments (9)

When commenting on The Collegian’s website, please be respectful of others and their viewpoints. The Collegian reviews all comments and reserves the right to reject comments from the website. Comments including any of the following will not be accepted. 1. No language attacking a protected group, including slurs or other profane language directed at a person’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social class, age, physical or mental disability, ethnicity or nationality. 2. No factually inaccurate information, including misleading statements or incorrect data. 3. No abusive language or harassment of Collegian writers, editors or other commenters. 4. No threatening language that includes but is not limited to language inciting violence against an individual or group of people. 5. No links.
All The Rocky Mountain Collegian Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • T

    TommyboyJul 16, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Ironically it occurred on the same day that another mass shooting was carried out.