​James Holmes Plea Deal For Life In Prison Rejected​​

James Holmes wanted to offer a guilty plea in a deal that would give him life in prison instead of the death penally, but prosecutors were quite to reject it.

“While the defense suggested that the defendant be allowed to plead guilty on his terms, the prosecution indicated that it could not even consider such an offer without specific additional information, which the defense refused to provide,” prosecutors wrote in their response.

It was also believed by the prosecutors that Holmes made the offer as a “calculated” move for attention.

“The circumstances surrounding the filing of the Notice indicate that it was filed for the intended purpose of generating the predictable pretrial publicity that occurred yesterday,” prosecutors wrote.

Holmes’ defense attorneys argue that he was very sincere in his offer and willing to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty.

“Prior to arraignment, Mr. Holmes made an offer to the prosecution to resolve this case by pleading guilty and spending the rest of his life in prison, without any opportunity for parole,” Holmes’ attorneys wrote in an Arapahoe County court filing.

Denver defense attorney and former prosecutor Karen Steinhauser, who is not involved in the Holmes case, does not believe the defense’s plea offer was a plot for publicity.

“I don’t believe that this was a publicity stunt,” Steinhauser told ABC News. “The goal of the defense is to do whatever they can to save their client’s life.”

The Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the case, citing a gag order.

Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and wounding at least 58 when gunfire erupted in an Aurora, Colo., theater last July during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.”