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Jared Lee Loughner Sentenced to Seven Consecutive Life Terms

Jared Lee Loughner, 24. Police photo.

Jared Lee Loughner, who killed six people and wounded 13 others, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has been sentenced to seven consecutive life terms plus 140 years. On January 7, 2011, Loughner opened fire outside a Safeway grocery store where Giffords was giving a speech.

After being found competent to stand trial, Loughner, 24, pleaded guilty in August to 19 counts against him. The plea agreement spared him the death penalty. By pleading guilty, Loughner waived his right to appeal or to change his guilty plea to an insanity plea.

At Loughner’s sentencing in Tuscon federal court, Giffords’ husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, said, “Mr. Loughner, you may have put a bullet through her head but you haven’t put a dent in her spirit and her commitment to make the world a better place.”

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