Colorado shooter's parents ask for plea deal
DENVER - The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged yesterday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain.
The statement released by Robert and Arlene Holmes emphasized a key legal issue in the tortured history of the case - Holmes' mental state when he killed 12 people and injured 70 others, and whether he should die if convicted of the crime.
"He is a human being gripped by a severe mental illness," the parents wrote.
Prosecutors previously rejected at least one proposed plea deal, criticizing Holmes' lawyers for publicizing the offer and calling it a ploy meant to draw the public and the judge into what should be private plea negotiations.
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