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3 Years After Theater Attack, Grieving Families Face Future

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Posted at 4:29 PM, Jul 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 05:50:19-04

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- With the Colorado theater shooter convicted of murder, survivors and relatives of the dead have been facing an uncertain future after the trial comes to an end.

For many of them, the proceedings gave structure and meaning to each day and a chance to share their troubles with others enduring the same testimony.

Sandy Phillips, who lost her daughter, was in court every day during the 11-week trial. She said the hardest part would be figuring out what to do next. She has asked prosecutors about the possibility of holding a group session for families on how to manage their post-trial emotions.

The sentencing phase was set to determine whether James Holmes gets the death penalty or life in prison. Court was scheduled to resume Wednesday and has been expected to last another month. 

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