The notion that the attorneys representing Anderson Aldrich told the court that Aldrich is non-binary to avoid a hate crime charge, and the supposedly harsher penalties a hate crime conviction would lead to, is absurd. Colorado has a precedent of draconian sentences in mass killings like this - without any hate crime charges added to justify extreme penalties.
The man convicted in the 2012 Aurora, CO movie theater shooting spree got 12 life sentences to be served consecutively, plus another 3,318 years.
A Colorado judge formally sentenced James Eagan Holmes to multiple life terms plus thousands of years in prison for the Aurora movie theater massacre that killed 12 and wounded 70.
Holmes, a 27-year-old former grad student, received one life term for each person he killed, plus 3,318 years for the attempted murders of those he wounded and for rigging his apartment with explosives. He is not eligible for parole.
Devon Erickson, the TIM convicted of first degree murder and other charges for a 2019 shooting attack at suburban Denver high school that killed one student and injured eight others, got life in prison without the possibility of parole plus hundreds of additional years.
After a lengthy and emotional hearing in which survivors shared their pain, trauma and disruptions to their lives, Judge Theresa Michelle Slade added hundreds of years of prison time to Erickson's life sentence for multiple charges of attempted murder and other counts.