District Attorney George Brauchler address the court after victim statements were finished in court during the final sentencing in the James Holmes' trail, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)
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Samour formally sentenced Holmes to life in prison without parole for the murders of 12 people. He also was sentencing to more than to 3,200 additional years for attempted murder and an explosives conviction.The judge had no other sentencing option on the murder charges after a jury earlier this month did not unanimously agree that Holmes should get the death penalty. Samour issued his sentence after two days of testimony from survivors of the attack, including first responders.The judge also said the trial was fair, even if some victims were disappointed that Holmes didn't get the death penalty.Samour disputed some victims' suggestion that Holmes would have an easy life behind bars, noting prison is harsh and restrictive.Prosecutors have said the jury was divided on the sentence, with 11 favoring death and one favoring life without parole.
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