Loughner Sentenced

November 9, 2012 by  

Loughner Sentenced, Convicted mass shooter Jared Loughner was sentenced to seven life terms in prison plus 140 years. Loughner, 24, appeared in federal court in downtown Tucson today at 10 a.m. Loughner was convicted after agreeing to a plea deal in August. He pleaded guilty to 19 counts including the attempted assassination of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on Jan. 8, 2011. Six of the life sentences were for the six fatalities, and the seventh sentence was for the attempted assassination of Giffords.

The deal guaranteed he will spend the rest of his life in prison, but it also took the death penalty off the table.

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.

Six people died in that shooting at the Congress on Your Corner event outside of the Safeway on Ina Road. Gabe Zimmerman, 30, Giffords’ outreach director; John Roll, 63, a federal judge; Phyllis Schneck, 79; Dorothy Morris, 76; Dorwan Stoddard, 76; and Christina-Taylor Green, 9, were killed.

The courtroom with filled with victims and their loved ones.

Tucson News Now’s Sonu Wasu is tweeting from inside the courtroom. She says Loughner looked somber and expressionless. After a psychologist, Dr. Christina Pietz, testified that he was competent to proceed with sentencing, Loughner waived his right to address the court.

This brings the federal case to a close.

Patricia Maisch, who helped tackle Loughner on Jan. 8, was the first to speak in court. “That beautiful day our mental health system failed us. For six that failure was devastating and unimaginable,” Maisch said.

Suzi Hileman addressed the court saying, “I will now walk out of this courtroom, and I will never think of you again.” She looked directly at Loughner, who sat still looking at her and listening.

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