James Holmes, the man responsible for the Aurora shooting, has not had an easy introduction to prison. An inmate has assaulted him, prompting the administration to move Holmes to a different maximum security facility. Meanwhile, the man who attacked him has apologized — for failing to kill him.
On July 20, 2012, Holmes, sporting dyed orange hair, a handgun, a shotgun, and a rifle similar to an AR-15, murdered 12 people and injured another 70 at a screening of “The Dark Knight” in Aurora, CO. After jurors failed to reach a consensus on a death sentence, he was sentenced to life in prison in August of last year.
Following an altercation with another inmate, Holmes had to be transferred out of state in late 2015. According to Opposing Views, a spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Corrections told the Denver Post that Holmes was “not in the state.”
ABC News reported that, although the attack by the other inmate was part of why Holmes was moved, there were several other factors that led prison officials to believe he should be transferred to a different location.
According to Colorado Prisons Director Steve Hager, Holmes should not have interacted with other inmates at the location where he had been incarcerated. He told press,
‘We had not allowed Holmes at that time to come into daily contact with other offenders. That was not part of the management plan of him.’
But an oversight by a staff member led to Holmes coming across a car thief by the name of Mark “Slim” Daniels. Daniels attacked Holmes, hitting him several times in the head through a gate. Daniels then sent a letter to Westword, where he not only confirmed the attack, but took pride in it. Here’s an excerpt from the letter:
‘First and foremost, I would like to express my deepest condolences to all the victims and to the families. I’m so sorry I couldn’t wipe him out and sent [sic] him packing to Satan’s lake of fire. It was just impossible to do by myself with so many cops. I did get him six or seven good ones and this stupid ass case manager [name deleted] ran out of her office and and put her head in front of Holmes’ cause I was about to knock him out. That’s why she got socked a few times. Once we were on the ground I looked in his eyes and he knew he came close with his demise. He was very scared. I’m so sorry I couldn’t finish him for you.’
Daniels has not been charged with a crime for the incident. In his letter, he asked readers to donate money to him so he could buy a television for his cell. He also expressed interest in receiving correspondence.
‘I also am open for pen pals out there. There’s really not too much do in a 7×12 box for the next year so feel free to write.’
Holmes’ location has not been disclosed, according to The Denver Post, presumably for his own safety.