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Accused Colorado movie shooter offers plea deal as prosecutors mull their options

Posted Mar 28, 2013 1:55 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The man accused of killing 12 people at a Colorado movie theater in July is willing to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of life in prison without parole, his lawyers say in a court document.

Lawyers for James Holmes, 25, revealed the offer in a court scheduling document, the Los Angeles Times reports. So far, prosecutors have not accepted the deal, the story says. The New York Times and Reuters also have articles. If Holmes goes to trial, he may use an insanity defense.

Prosecutors are expected to announce on Monday whether they will pursue the death penalty. Currently only three people are on death row in Colorado, the Los Angeles Times says.

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