Colorado Theater Shooter Ordered to Pay $955K in Restitution

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A judge Friday ordered Colorado theater shooter James Holmes to pay restitution to victims — money the imprisoned mass killer likely will never pay.

DENVER (AP) — A judge Friday ordered Colorado theater shooter James Holmes to pay about $955,000 in restitution to the victims of his 2012 movie theater shooting — money the imprisoned mass killer likely will never pay.

The order came from District Court Judge Carlos A. Samour, who presided over Holmes' monthslong trial. In August, he sentenced Holmes to 12 consecutive life terms without parole plus 3,318 years. 

Holmes murdered 12 people and tried to kill 70 more during a midnight showing of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises in the Denver suburb of Aurora in the summer of 2012.

Prosecutors had sought restitution to pay for victims' medications, mental health care and other needs.

They said the money would pay for victims' psychiatric care, medical equipment, lost wages and other needs as a result of the mass shooting. Victims said they must pay for prosthetic limbs, occupational and speech therapy, travel expenses for attending the 4-month trial and future medical care.

Samour was required to give Holmes life without parole, rather than the death penalty, after a split jury decided the sentence.

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