Jurors find Colorado movie theater gunman eligible for the death penalty

Jurors in the Colorado movie massacre trial have unanimously concluded that mitigating factors such as mental illness do not outweigh aggravating ones, making gunman James Holmes eligible for the death penalty.

Holmes would have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole if one of the jurors found that mitigating factors outweighed aggravating ones. The decision came days after victims and relatives of those killed gave emotional accounts in court.

The trial now enters a third phase during which it will be decided whether Holmes should be sentenced to death. Victims and relatives will again be able to speak in court before the jury makes its final decision.

Holmes was found guilty last month for the 2012 shooting at an Aurora movie theater that left 12 dead and 58 others injured, making it one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.

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