Giffords Shooter Sentenced to Life in Prison

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Nov. 8 2012 2:32 PM

Jared Loughner Given Life Sentence For Tucson Rampage

The latest from Arizona, via Tucson News Now:

"Convicted mass shooter Jared Loughner was sentence to six life terms in prison plus 140 years. He pleaded guilty to 19 counts including the attempted assassination of former Congresswoman Gabrielle GIffords on Jan. 8, 2011. ...
Federal Judge Larry Burns said that Loughner was not insane at the time of the shooting and that it was premeditated. "He knew what he was doing," Burns said.
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Loughner pleaded guilty this summer to killing six people and injuring Giffords and 12 others during a shooting rampage in Tucson last year. As part of the plea bargain, prosecutors agreed to take the possibility that he would be put to death for his crimes off the table—a deal that Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, had previously suggested that they were OK with.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.