Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

Theater shooter received supportive letters, money in jail


James Holmes appears in court for the sentencing phase in his trial, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Victims and their families were given the opportunity to speak about the shooting and its effects on their lives. Holmes was convicted Aug. 7 of murdering 12 people when he opened fire on a crowded movie theater in 2012. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)

James Holmes appears in court for the sentencing phase in his trial, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Victims and their families were given the opportunity to speak about the shooting and its effects on their lives. Holmes was convicted Aug. 7 of murdering 12 people when he opened fire on a crowded movie theater in 2012. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)

DENVER (AP) — Strangers from across the world sent Colorado theater shooter James Holmes money, photos and supportive letters during his three years in a county jail.

Prosecutors this week released 200 pages worth of mail sent to Holmes in response to open-records requests made after his trial. Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without parole for murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 more during the July 2012 massacre.

The letters are mostly from young women expressing support and sharing their struggles with mental illness and the legal system.

Sandy Phillips, whose daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was killed in the shooting said the letters are disgusting because they glorify Holmes.

SADIE GURMAN

Source: AP

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