AZ Rep. Gabrielle 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.
Arizona prosecutors won't file state charges against Loughner.
The decision by the Pima County Attorney's Office not to file charges against Jared Lee Loughner means the death penalty has been taken off the table for the 24-year-old.
County Attorney Barbara LaWall says she reached out to family members, victims and survivors and decided against filing charges and seeking the death penalty. (AP)
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:40 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:40:59 GMT
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