James Holmes is a mentally ill male — not a beast — who should spend his life in a psych hospital, his relatives said.
Robert and Arlene Holmes non-stop adult about their son Friday, a initial time given he killed a dozen people when he non-stop glow inside an Aurora, Colo., film museum in 2012.
In a letter to a Denver Post, a San Diego integrate pleaded for Holmes to be spared from a genocide penalty. Instead, he should be committed to a mental health trickery for life, they wrote, adding that he was diagnosed with a “serious mental illness” in May 2013.
“We adore a son, we have always desired him, and we do not wish him to be executed,” they wrote. “We comprehend diagnosis in an establishment would be best for a son.”
The integrate pronounced they trust collateral punishment is “morally wrong, generally when a cursed is mentally ill.”
“He is not a monster. He is a tellurian being gripped by a serious mental illness,” a integrate wrote.
Last year, Holmes changed his not-guilty defence to not guilty by reason of insanity.
The Holmes also urged a charge and invulnerability to strech a allotment — one that would reject their son to life in jail — outward of justice so “no one would have to relive those terrible events during a trial.”
A extensive hearing could means “additional trauma,” they said.
The minute is a initial time a integrate has oral about their 27-year-old son’s crimes.
“Our family has not given interviews to a media since we do not wish coverage of ourselves,” they explained. “The concentration should be on a harmed and their healing.”
On Jul 20, 2012, Holmes barged into Aurora’s Century 16 Theater during a midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises.” He shot and killed 12 moviegoers and harmed another 58.