'The Dark Knight Rises' Mass Murderer Gets Life in Prison

'The Dark Knight Rises' lone terrorist gets life in prison

The man who killed 12 people and injured 70 others at a July 2012 screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, in the Greater Denver area, has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. The sentence was announced today, Aug. 7, '15. Some were expecting that 27-year-old James Holmes was going to get the death penalty.

According to Mother Jones, the jury deliberated for less than seven hours. The Aurora tragedy is one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.

As of Feb. '15, pre-trial expenses in the case against the TDKR mass murderer cost state taxpayers $5.5 million. The trial itself was expected to cost several million dollars more.

Following the verdict, Colorado Democratic Rep. Jovan Melton tweeted about the jury's decision and the death penalty in his state:

Today's verdict proves again that the Death Penalty is arbitrary. Only people on Death row in CO are black. It has no place in CO.

'The Dark Knight Rises,' Christopher Nolan statement

Although an undeniable box office hit in North America, The Dark Knight Rises fared far more modestly than its predecessor, The Dark Knight (2008): $448.13 million vs. $534.85 million. Whether or not the mass shooting had anything to do with the film's somewhat disappointing domestic performance is debatable.

Directed by Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises featured Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Morgan Freeman.

Shortly after the shooting, Nolan released a statement that read in part:

Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. … The movie theater is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.

See also: The Dark Knight Rises passes $1 billion worldwide.

Amy Schumer on gun control.

'Trainwreck' screening tragedy

A couple of months after the Dark Knight Rises massacre, a Missouri man was arrested after threatening to commit a mass shooting at a screening of Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the final installment in the popular movie franchise starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner.

And in late July 2015, an Alabama man killed two people and injured nine others at a Lafayette, Louisiana, screening of the Judd Apatow-Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck.

Schumer and her cousin Charles Schumer, a New York Democratic lawmaker, recently called for tougher gun control regulations. “We never know why people choose to do these painful things,” the stand-up comedian-turned-movie star stated, “but sadly we always find out how.”

At a radio show sponsored by the all-powerful National Rifle Association, which remains adamant that only more firearms can keep Americans safe from the danger of firearms, a right-wing commentator accused Schumer of using the incident to further her career.

 

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