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Mar 27, 2013 11:38 PM by Connie Murphy

Reaction mixed to Holmes' guilty plea offer

DENVER (AP) - Among the people most closely affected by the Aurora movie theater shooting - those who lost loved ones and those who survived the attack - reaction has been mixed to the suspect's offer to plead guilty in order to avoid the death penalty.

Attorneys for James Holmes made the offer in a motion filed Wednesday.

Melisa Cowden, whose ex-husband Gordon was killed in the theater, says she's resolutely opposed to a plea deal. Cowden's two teenage daughters were with their father when he was killed, but survived.

Pierce O'Farrill, who was shot three times, says he'd welcome an agreement that would imprison Holmes for life. O'Farrill says the years of court struggles ahead would likely be emotionally stressful for victims.

And Tom Sullivan, whose son Alex was killed, says he wanted prosecutors to pursue the death penalty.

But he says he wouldn't object to a plea deal if it avoided a lengthy court battle - and if Holmes got no privileges in prison


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