Giffords’ Attacker Gets Life in Prison Without Parole
Jared Loughner, the man who severely wounded U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D.-Ariz.). during a shooting spree that killed six people and wounded 13 in January 2011, received a life sentence without parole today in a Tuscon, Arizona federal court.
Several members of victims families spoke at the sentencing.
Giffords’ husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke directly to his Loughner.
“Gabby would trade her own life for one you took on that day. Every day is a continuous struggle to do the things she was once so very good at. 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. You tried to create for all of us a world as dark and evil as your own. But know this, and remember it always: You failed. You have decades upon decades to contemplate what you did. But after today, after this moment, here and now, Gabby and I are done thinking about you.”
A schizophrenia diagnosis after the shootings, helped Loughner avoid the death penalty through a plea bargain. He will spend the res of his life in prison.