Colorado Senate President Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs) issued the following statement today in response to the sentencing of mass murderer James Holmes, who killed 12 people and wounded 70 in a 2012 rampage at an Aurora movie theater:
"First and foremost our hearts go out to the victims and their families, who will never have their lives back and whom we must always keep in our prayers. My hope is that this sentence brings them some measure of closure and solace. I’m not going to second guess the jury’s verdict because this is the way our system works, but I continue to believe that the death penalty should be retained in Colorado as an option for circumstances and crimes that call for the ultimate punishment. Just because this jury, in this case, didn’t believe it was appropriate, doesn't mean future juries should be denied that option. I don’t think this verdict should be read as a reflection of broad public opinion on this issue, since a very recent poll showed strong continuing support for the death penalty in Colorado."