Aurora theater shooter moved to different prison facility

The man convicted of murdering 12 and injuring at least 70 others inside an Aurora movie theater in July 2012 has been transferred into a Colorado prison designed to assist inmates with significant mental illness. 9NEWS at 5 p.m. 12/14/15.

KUSA – The man convicted of murdering 12 and injuring at least 70 others inside an Aurora movie theater in July 2012 has been transferred into a Colorado prison designed to assist inmates with significant mental illness.

Sources tell 9Wants to Know, the Colorado Department of Corrections recently sent James Holmes to San Carlos Correctional Facility in Pueblo. He had been serving the first few months of his life sentence inside the Colorado State Penitentiary.

 

San Carlos, according to the Colorado DOC website: "specializes in rehabilitating male inmates who suffer from mental health problems, to the point where they can be sent to other facilities within the department."

San Carlos is a maximum-security prison located on the campus of the Colorado Mental Health Institute.

Housing the state's most notorious prisoner has proven difficult at times for the Colorado DOC. In October, for example, an inmate at the Colorado State Penitentiary tried to assault Holmes.

San Carlos was the subject of a 9Wants to Know investigation in 2014 when an inmate died while under what should have been consistent supervision. Christopher Lopez died of severe hyponatremia or low-blood sodium level hours after being forcibly removed from his cell while he was in a catatonic state.

Lopez's family settled with the state for $3 million.

(© 2015 KUSA)


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