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CO Theater Shooter Seeks to Avoid Death Penalty:  Dan Elliott and P. Solomon Banda of the Associated Press report that Dark Knight shooter James Holmes is seeking to plead guilty to avoid the possibility of a death sentence. He would be sentenced to life without parole. Prosecutors will probably be taking the victims families and the survivors of the attack into consideration as they decide whether or not to accept the plea. Arapahoe County DA George Brauchler is expected to announce his decision Monday. Continued from this News Scan.

Armed Vigilantes Take Over Mexican Town: Bertha Ramos of the Associated Press reports an armed vigilante force of more than 1,500 members has taken control of a town in Mexico. Members have been spotted with assault rifles and have obtained high-powered rifles. The takeover was in response to the killing on Monday of one of their leaders, Guadalupe Quinones Carbajal, 28. The group has arrested 12 local police officers and the town's director of public security. The officers have been turned over to state prosecutions of allegations of being members of organized crime. The group has set up road blocks Wednesday and several members had opened fire on a car of Mexican tourists Tuesday. Official policy towards vigilante groups have been largely tolerant as they admit they are unable to enforce public safety in many areas.

MT DNA Law Signed:  The Associated Press reports that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed SB213 into law Wednesday. The bill will require out-of-state sex offenders residing in MT to enter a sample of their DNA into the state's DNA database. The legislation passed unanimously in both chambers.

CO Murder Suspect Turns Himself In: 
Alan Gathright of ABC News reports that alleged killer Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias, 28, surrendered to FBI agents in El Salvador Wednesday. He was returned to Colorado as a suspect in the murder of Richard Limon. He was on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list with a $100,000 reward for his arrest. Gracias was one of four who plotted to kill Limon, 69. Limon's wife, her daughter, 19, and Moya's boyfriend, have already been convicted for their parts in the killing. Gracias allegedly stabbed Limon nine times on August 16, 2011 after a failed attempt to suffocate him with duct tape. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday by video link.

Mass. Finds Sex Offender Addresses at Day Care Centers:  Steve LeBlanc and Bob Salsberg of the Associated Press have this story on a  report, released Wednesday by Massachusetts state Auditor Suzanne Bump, found 119 cases where registered sex offenders shared an address with a licensed childcare facility. The report found the Department of Early Education and Care did not run background checks on certain licensed childcare providers. Currently, no state laws are in place requiring officials to make sure such checks are carried out. In response, the Department launched an investigation and identified the cases.

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