James Holmes gets sentenced to LWOP

James Holmes was sentenced to life without parole today by a jury at a Colorado courthouse.

The jury deliberated for just under 7 hours.

In order for Holmes to have received the death penalty, the jury – comprised of 9 women and 3 men – would have had to all agree on death as the punishment for Holmes.

LWOP [life without parole], more than any other form of incarceration, imposes a permanent disruption on the marginal and minority communities. It permanently hardens the psychological degradation of distressed minority communities by conveying the message that offenders from these communities are distinctly irredeemable: they must be locked up forever because they could never change.
—  Life Without Parole: America’s New Death Penalty? Ed. Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. and Austin Sarat