I know what a lot of you are thinking.
The creepy psychopath who shot 70 people
in a theater in Colorado two weeks ago should get the death penalty
He certainly has earned it. Retribution is a legal basis for punishment. Murder is punishable by death in Colorado so long as one of 17 aggravating factors
is present, such as serious bodily injury caused to the victim or the use of a weapon in the commission of a crime.
The District Attorney is interviewing family members about the case and is considering asking for the death penalty. They are difficult cases to prepare, cost millions in defending the endless appeals and take decades to carry out.
Colorado has carried out only one execution
, in 1997. There are three men on death row in Colorado, one of them for 19 years since he was sentenced. Prosecutors are asking themselves whether they want to put the families of the victims through this.
Life in prison is an option. He could be sentenced to rot behind bars like Charles Manson, who's been behind bars for 41 years. Or he could get killed in prison, like Jeffrey Dahmer who was beaten to death with a broom handle by another inmate.
Guest Post written by Larry Bodine, Editor in Chief at Lawyers.com. Follow @larrybodine for updates on consumer legal news.
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