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James Holmes, Colorado Movie Theater Shooter, Moved to Federal Prison

James Holmes, Colorado Movie Theater Shooter, Moved to Federal Prison

Aurora movie theater gunman James Holmes during a court appearance in 2013. (Andy Cross/Denver Post/AP)

By    |   Friday, 29 September 2017 10:51 AM

James Holmes, the Colorado movie theater shooter who killed 12 people in 2012, has been transferred to a high-security federal prison in Pennsylvania after he was assaulted in a state prison in 2015, the Denver Post reported Wednesday.

Colorado Department of Corrections officials had initially refused to disclose where Holmes was moved after an incident at the Colorado State Penitentiary on Oct. 8, 2015, when he was assaulted, the newspaper said.

The secrecy over Holmes' location sparked a public outcry, particularly with family members of his victims, the Denver Post stated. The department's actions even led to a state hearing in June 2016 where the Department of Public Safety's Victims Rights Act Subcommittee split 3-3 over whether the secrecy broke state law, the newspaper said.

On Thursday, Holmes' location was updated to USP Allenwood, a high-security federal prison in Pennsylvania, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate tracker, the Denver Post noted. The Washington Post said that the male-only facility in Allenwood is located 165 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

"The Colorado Department of Corrections confirms that inmate James Holmes has been transferred to a federal prison," a department statement read Wednesday. "The state sought to place the inmate in the federal system several months ago, but placement required finding space at a facility that could provide appropriate security. That space recently became available and the move to the federal prison was secured."

In 2015, Holmes was sentenced to 12 life terms for his involvement in the Aurora movie theater shooting that killed a dozen people and wounded 70 others during a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" at the Century Aurora 16 Multiplex Theater, CNN reported. He received an additional 3,318 years in prison for attempted murder for those wounded and for rigging his apartment with explosives, the network added.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and was examined by the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo for evaluation before his trial, with defense attorneys charging that he was "in the throes of a psychotic episode" when he committed the incident, CNN said.

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James Holmes, the Colorado movie theater shooter who killed 12 people in 2012, has been transferred to a high-security federal prison in Pennsylvania after he was assaulted in a state prison in 2015, the Denver Post reported Wednesday.
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