Judge rules four survivors of Colorado theater shooting must pay Cinemark $700K

A view from the front of the auditorium of Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colorado following the mass shooting by James Holmes on July 20, 2012.

A view from the front of the auditorium of Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colorado following the mass shooting by James Holmes on July 20, 2012.

AURORA, CO – A Colorado judge ruled that four survivors of the Aurora theater shooting must pay a movie theater chain nearly $700,000, the Los Angeles Times reports.

On July 20, 2012, James Holmes walked into Aurora Century 16 theater and opened fire. He killed 12 people and injured at least 70 others during the shooting.

Holmes was found guilty of the crime on August 7, 2015, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

However, his sentencing didn’t close the book on the shooting for the survivors.

More than two dozen survivors and victims’ family members filed a civil lawsuit against the theater’s owner, Cinemark.

The lawsuit claimed the theater did not have enough security measures in place to prevent the shooting.

In May 2016, the jury ruled Cinemark was not liable for the shooting, and many of the survivors ended up taking a small settlement instead.

But four of the survivors refused to take the settlement.

So a judge has ordered those four survivors to pay the third largest movie theater chain in the nation $700,000 for legal bills.

And according to the Los Angeles Times, that dollar amount is just for the state case. The costs in the federal case are expected to be far more than that.