Theater shooting victim’s mother reacts to sentencing

In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, James Holmes, top left in tan shirt, watches as Judge Carlos A. Samour, Jr., top right, prepares to read the jury's sentencing verdict in the Colorado theater shooting trial in Centennial, Colo., Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)
In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, James Holmes, top left in tan shirt, watches as Judge Carlos A. Samour, Jr., top right, prepares to read the jury's sentencing verdict in the Colorado theater shooting trial in Centennial, Colo., Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Disappointment… that’s what’s going through Jerri Jackson’s mind tonight after hearing that her son’s killer won’t be paying for his crimes with his life.

Jerri Jackson says she was hoping for a different outcome tonight.

“I’m disappointed,” Jackson said. “I would have thought that someone that killed 12 people and attempted to kill many more would have gotten the death sentence. However, my main concern was that he never walk the streets of America with the opportunity to hurt anybody else.”

Jackson testified in court on Wednesday, telling the grand jury about her final moments on the phone with her son.

“I said be careful, and he said ‘oh mom nothing’s gonna happen’ and he said ‘I love you mom’.”

The day Matt McQuinn was killed in an Aurora movie theater has affected every aspect of Jackson’s life.

“I can no longer work because of PTSD, depression and anxiety,” Jackson said. “I now have to take four prescriptions to sleep because of the nightmares.”

Ultimately, Jackson says she wants everyone to remember Matt for his genuine love for life.

“He enjoyed doing so many different things from having cook-outs with corn-hole to going to the barn having a drink with someone or hanging out at somebody’s house,” Jackson said. “It was almost like he was the life of the party wherever he was somebody was laughing.”

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