12:40 PM EDT 08/24/2014
Originally posted 11/08/2012 03:55PM
Jared Loughner, the man who killed six people and wounded 13 – including Gabrielle Giffords – in a 2011 shooting spree outside of a Tuscon, Ariz., grocery store, was sentenced on Thursday to seven consecutive life terms and 140 years in prison without parole.
"Her life has been forever changed ... immeasurably altered," Giffords's husband, retired astronaut, Mark Kelly, said in court on Thursday with his wife by his side. "Every day is a continual struggle to do those things she was once so ... good at."
Giffords suffered a single gunshot wound through the brain. Although news reports at the time initially indicated the shot may have been fatal, the congresswoman survived and underwent surgery at the University Medical Center in Tucson.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said that six of Loughner's life sentences represent the six slain victims, and one represents the attempted assassination of Giffords, according to CNN.
Originally posted 05/25/2011 05:45PM
Jared Lee Loughner is not mentally competent to stand trial on charges he killed six people and wounded Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.
Based on court-ordered medical evaluations, the judge determined Loughner was incapable of understanding the proceedings, according to CNN.com.
The 22-year-old has been described as "gravely mentally ill" by his own legal team.
The decision came after Loughner was removed from the courtroom following an outburst in which he reportedly said, "Thank you for the freak show. She died right in front of me."
Originally posted 03/09/2011 06:10PM
The suspect in the Tucson shooting spree that left six people dead and 13 wounded – including congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords – pleaded not guilty to dozens of new federal charges in a Tucson court Wednesday.
The charges against Jared Lee Loughner include attempting to assassinate Giffords, 40, trying to kill two of her aides, and murdering federal judge John Roll and a staff member on Giffords's team, Gabe Zimmerman, on Jan. 8 outside a Tucson grocery store, according to reports.
Other charges among the 49 Loughner faces in a newly unsealed, 28-page indictment include causing the deaths of four other people who were "participants at a federally provided activity" and using a gun in a crime of violence.
Originally posted 01/11/2011 07:50PM
Three days after Saturday's shooting spree that killed six people and injured 14 more, including a congresswoman, family members of Jared Lee Loughner have broken their silence.
"This is a very difficult time for us. We ask the media to respect our privacy," they say in a statement handed to reporters camped outside the family home in Arizona.
"There are no words that can possibly express how we feel. We wish there were, so we could make you feel better. We don't understand why this happened. It may not make any difference, but we wish that we could change the heinous events of Saturday.
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