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The man allegedly behind multiple cold-blooded shootings in Aurora, Colorado says he will plead guilty in court if it means he will be spared the death penalty.

According to The Associated Press, attorneys for James Holmes told prosecutors today in court that their client will own up to the horrific crimes of July, 12 2012 in exchange for life in prison.

Opposing counsel is reportedly weighing the offer and will speak to families of the victims before responding.

Holmes was arrested for murdering 12 people during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises last summer, while shooting an additional 58 individuals.

He has been charged with 24 counts of first degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder.