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Aug 10, 2012 7:04 PM by Kate Richards

Letter of recommendation calls James Holmes intellectual and emotionally mature

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado theater shooting suspect left a good impression with people he came into contact in his pursuit of a neuroscience career, with one person describing as having a "great amount of intellectual and emotional maturity."

That description comes in recommendation letter sent to the University of Illinois Neuroscience program as part of James Holmes' application to the school last year. The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill., posted a story on its website based on documents obtained as part of an open records request.

Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58. His attorneys claim he's mentally ill.

Holmes declined to attend the highly selective program. He did not give a reason. The names of those writing recommendation letters on Holmes' behalf were not released by the school.

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