Colorado theater shooting

Judge gives Holmes the maximum, orders him away

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. then told a bailiff to "get the defendant out of my courtroom, please," as he gaveled to a close the arduous three-year wait to see the shooter put away.

Jury reaches decision on James Holmes' sentence

They deliberated for about six and a half hours before reaching a decision Friday. It will be announced at 5 p.m.

Holmes jury keeps execution as option as sentencing advances

The decision clears the way for a last plea from both sides, including what is expected to be gripping and emotional testimony from victims about the harm and suffering Holmes caused with his slaughter.

After those arguments, the jury will make its final decision on whether the 27-year-old should die by lethal injection or spend the rest of his life in prison.

Holmes jury decides whether to keep execution as an option

The jury deliberated for less than three hours, starting Thursday after Holmes' parents made an emotional plea to spare their son's life because he is mentally ill. A court spokesman said the decision will be announced at 12:30 p.m. MDT.