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Jared Loughner Pleads Guilty, Avoids Death Penalty

August 07, 2012  | 

Photo via Wikimedia/U.S. Marshals Service
Photo via Wikimedia/U.S. Marshals Service

Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to the Tucson shooting attack last year that killed six people and wounded 13, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. A federal judge here concluded that Loughner understands at this time that he's responsible for opening fire during a congressional constituent meeting in a parking lot.

Loughner pleaded guilty to 19 of the 49 charges against him. "I plead guilty," he said over and over in court, acknowledging that he killed a 9-year-old girl and a federal judge and seriously wounded Giffords and a dozen other people.

The plea arrangement—struck between federal prosecutors and defense attorneys after months of legal debate over Loughner's mental capacity—sets the stage for a likely prison sentence of life without parole.

Read the full Los Angeles Times story.

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