Congresswoman Giffords' Shooter Gets Life In Prison

The man who pleaded guilty to a deadly Arizona shooting rampage that wounded former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been sentenced to life in prison.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns sentenced 24-year-old Jared Lee Loughner on Thursday for the January 2011 attack that left six people dead and Giffords and others wounded.

Loughner pleaded guilty to federal charges under an agreement that guarantees he will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The hearing marked the first time victims -- including Giffords -- could confront Loughner in court. Her husband spoke on her behalf, saying Loughner changed his wife's life forever but couldn't dent her spirit.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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The man who pleaded guilty to a deadly Arizona shooting rampage is watching and listening as victims speak, showing little emotion or reaction.

Jared Loughner is being sentenced to life in prison for killing six people and wounding many more, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Mark Kelly, Giffords' husband, spoke on her behalf, with her standing at his side.

Giffords and Kelly turned to face Loughner so they are eye to eye with him, though they are separated by about 20 feet.

Loughner's mother is in the courtroom sobbing.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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