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Parents of Aurora shooter beg for son's life

The parents of accused Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooter James Holmes asked prosecutors to spare their son's life in a letter released Friday, USA Today reports.

Holmes faces the death penalty for killing 12 people and injuring 63 during the July 2012 premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Robert and Arlene Holmes asked prosecutors to opt for a plea deal that would get Holmes treatment and keep him locked up for life, rather than pursuing the death penalty in a trial.

We realize treatment in an institution would be best for our son. We love our son, we have always loved him, and we do not want him to be executed. We also decry the need for a trial. A lengthy trial requires everyone to relive those horrible moments in time, causing additional trauma. [USA Today]

Jury selection for the trial is set to begin Jan. 20.