Jared Lee Loughner Sentenced to Life in Prison

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Jared Lee Loughner, the man who pleaded guilty to a deadly Arizona shooting rampage, has been sentenced to life in prison.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns sentenced Loughner, 24 to life in prison.  He was convicted over the January 2011 attack that left six people dead, and wounded former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, as well as several others.

Loughner had pleaded guilty to 19 federal charges, under an agreement that guaranteed that he would spend the rest of his life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

Both sides had reached the deal after a judge had declared that Loughner was able to understand the charges made against him.  After the shooting, he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

This hearing had marked the first time victims could confront Loughner.

Gifford’s astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, did the talking for her.

“Her life has been forever changed.  Plans she had for our family and her career have been immeasurably altered.  Every day is a continuous struggle to do those things she once was so good at,” Kelly said.

It’s currently unclear as to where Loughner will be sent to serve his federal sentence.

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