James Holmes, Aurora theater shooting suspect, offers guilty plea

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James Holmes, right, is shown with a bushy beard and his attorney Tamara Brady at a status hearing in Arapahoe County on Jan. 2, 2012. (Sketch: Bill Robles)

DENVER — Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes’ defense attorneys offered to have him plead guilty and accept a life in prison sentence in exchange for avoiding the death penalty.

Prosecutors have yet to accept the offer, made Wednesday, reports CBS 6 Denver affiliate KDVR.

“Mr. Holmes made an offer to the prosecution to resolve this case by pleading guilty and spending the rest of his life in prison,” defense attorneys wrote.

The offer comes just one day after the Colorado legislature failed to adopt a bill that would ban the death penalty in the state.

Holmes four-week trial is expected to start August 5. Holmes is charged with a total of 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other charges.

Read the complete story on KDVR.