On July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, Century 16 movie theatre had a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” As this was a very popular movie being part of the Batman trilogy, the auditoriums were packed full of people of all ages–children, adults, elders, and so forth.
Law enforcement sources tell ABC News, that one man bought a ticket for the viewing and then slipped out the back, leaving the emergency door propped open for re-entrance.
Police said that 30 minutes later, the man grabbed his guns, ammunition, ballistic helmet, bulletproof vest and leggings, along with a gas mask and gloves. He quickly moved back into the theatre, detonated many smoke bombs and then started shooting four weapons completely filled with bullets on the hundreds of movie-goers.
In the end, dozens were injured and 12 were killed. Ten victims died on the scene. Among the victims include a Petty Officer, an 18-year-old man on a date, and a 6-year-old girl.
Within minutes of the shooting, police apprehended the shooter in a car in the parking lot of the movie theatre. He was found in all his gear and told officials he was “The Joker” in reference to the villain in the second Batman trilogy.
Three years later, the perpetrator of the crime, James Holmes, 29, was faced with 165 charges, almost all relating to murder or attempted murder. Holmes pleaded not guilty, pleading insanity. He was sentenced to 12 lifetimes in prison and an additional 3,318 years on top of that.
Over five years later, the location of Holmes has finally been released. Colorado officials told the Washington Post they had been trying to find an appropriate high-security prison to place Holmes, but they had not found the correct space with “necessary security.” Since early 2016, officials confirmed that Holmes was moved outside of Colorado, stating safety concerns as Holmes was attacked by another inmate. However, little was noted on where this transfer moved him to.
At this time, many of the victims felt this was unjust, as they believed it is their right to know where their attacker was being held. The victims’ rights committee acknowledged that the “Colorado Department of Corrections should have done more to inform victims” of Holmes’ whereabouts.
Today, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons records, Holmes is now being held at the federal penitentiary in Allenwood, Pennsylvania. This high-security facility is strictly holding male inmates and is located 165 miles northwest of the city of Philadelphia.
Arapahoe County District Attorney, George Brauchler, tells ABC News that he hopes now that the mass murder’s location has been released to the victims as well as the public, it will provide them with some peace of mind: “I want the victims to know a certain peace in learning where he’s housed. That brings me great relief on their behalf.”
Next month at Penn State’s Beaver campus, ABC News reports that Holmes’ parents, Bob and Arlene Holmes, will attend a conference to dispute the potential connection between mental health and violence. This Penn State campus is located over 250 miles away from the high-security prison where Holmes is being held.
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