Is Jared Loughner's Sentence Harsh Enough for 2011 Tucson Shooting?

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See also: Jared Loughner Will Spend the Rest of His Life in Prison
See also: Gabrielle Giffords "Satisfied" With Jared Loughner Plea Deal

Pima County Sheriff's Department
Jared Loughner will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Jared Loughner -- the lone suspect in the January 2011 Tucson shooting that killed six people and injured 13, including former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords -- will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Loughner pleaded guilty to 19 charges in federal court yesterday ensuring that he will spend the rest of his life behind bars. The official sentencing hearing is expected to take place later this year.

The plea deal Loughner agreed to forces him to serve out seven consecutive life sentences in addition to 140 years in prison. He waived his right to appeal the conviction or claim insanity as part of the agreement.

His acceptance of the plea agreement will eliminate the spectacle that a full trial would bring, and Loughner will not face the death penalty.

"We don't speak for all of the victims or their families, but Gabby and I are satisfied with this plea agreement," Mark Kelly, husband of Gabrielle Giffords says in a statement. "The pain and loss caused by the events of January 8, 2011 are incalculable. Avoiding a trial will allow us -- and we hope the whole Southern Arizona community -- to continue with our recovery and move forward with our lives."

Is Loughner's sentence harsh enough for the 2011 Tucson Shooting?

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29 comments
Benne Rex
Benne Rex

people who are against the death penalty even in clear-cut cases where guilt is obvious, are really just self-serving dilatants - they don't want to think of themselves as being anywhere near the killers level of consciousness - so they clamour for life imprisonment, so karmically they are in the clear. Selfish selfish and misguided they are. In my opinion the only truly humane thing to do is to release this poor creature from his torment by awarding him his death.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

I am against the death penalty, but I found it ironic how people wanted to vigilante murder him after the shooting but now most of them are silent now.

Don Blank
Don Blank

Saves the victims the trauma of attending/testifying at a prolonged trial with the attending publicity

Drew Peterson
Drew Peterson

It would cost a lot more if he went to trail he would get a death penalty with him plend yesterday save tax payer a lot money

Easkey Stewart
Easkey Stewart

Yes! If he had convictions that drove him to do this, he needs the rest of his life to ponder over it. We are responsible for our actions in life, and having the rest of his life incarcerated is the best punishment. He needs to be reminded, each day, as to why he is there.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

He played the system and he played the so called "experts". A mentally insane person does this on the spur of the moment they do not plot and premeditate the crime about to be carried out. He could actually be a genius. It's been proven a genuis can be on the verge of mental illness, but not actually mentally insane. He knew what he was doing since he plotted it, therefor the death penalty is in order. I understand not wanting to put the victims on the stand, but justice was not served in this case.

Sara Elizabeth
Sara Elizabeth

If Loughner is truly mentally ill it is very possible that he is now truly remorseful in the right state mind. I feel that as long as Loughner stays on medications killing him does no good. Life in prison thinking about his actions and how many people he killed, INCLUDING A CHILD, that living with that is punishment enough. I would love to see the psychiatric reports. But any person who is not in stable mind should not be put to death.

Aran Kelly
Aran Kelly

Exercising my freedom of speech...the right to bare arms should get the death penalty. Countless examples of lives lost from senseless gun fire.

Ricky Hollywood
Ricky Hollywood

I would at least hope the people that want to see him dead aren't gun nuts that are too stubborn to agree there needs to be tighter regulation

Brian Kern
Brian Kern

I am typically against it (capital punishment), but when the killer is quite obviously insane, I don't see much reason to keep them alive. There is no hope of rehabilitation and even if you assume that there is a purpose to life, he is too far gone to ever realize it. Side note: Why do people look for motives in cases like this and the Aurora shooting? These people are crazy. That is their only motive. Trying to understand the mind of a mad person will lead you in circles.

Bill Nash
Bill Nash

He killed a little girl. He won't be the most popular guy in prison, and likely his mental issues will find him in some kind of psych wing.

Michael Schilling
Michael Schilling

It would cost tax payers more of he was sentenced to death, sad but true. He will never see the light of day, more than likely the system will take care of him internally.

Josh Havig
Josh Havig

I don't want to pay for this guy's food, shelter or security.

Ricky Potts
Ricky Potts

There must be something seriously wrong with our justice system... where you can literally kill another human being and while behind bars, allowed to live our your natural life. I am all for capital punishment, same with the Batman killer. Take him into a theater and let 71 people shoot him, ending in HIS death. Our tax dollars should not go to keeping a murderer alive for the rest of his or her life.

Ricky Hollywood
Ricky Hollywood

As bad as his crime was, he was a mixed up kid that should have received help beforehand. He isn't a rabid dog. The life sentence is sufficient

justus.sams
justus.sams

This is BS> So we the taxpayer can pay to House , feed , medical , clothing , Greeeeaaat. Shit lives to be 98 yrs old . If we executed these types of Physco's , They would be more afraid to commit these crimes.  Take him into the middle of town and cut his head off.. Stick that head on a steak and let the birds pick at his remains. So the smell of death can stink up the streets . So No one forgets what he did to deserve that penalty.  He killed multiple people ... and gets life. Sweet. 

 

Justus

CTL TAF

Krysten A. Nylen
Krysten A. Nylen

THANK GOD the people of Tucson, our state citizens & most importantly the victims and their families don't have to endure the heartbreak of a lengthy trial. I don't agree that animals like this should get a chance to 'bargain' for their survival after committing heinous crimes of murder but I DO agree that having him rot in prison after once asking to " Please Execute Me " is the right decision. God Bless you all in Tucson & beyond.

Jeffrey Davis
Jeffrey Davis

Jared's malfunctioning brain made him think that somehow making other peoples lives worse would solve something in his own life. This is wrong. Thinking that 'justice is served' by making his life worse than it already is, or ending it completely, is just as wrong. It would be good for people to let go of hatred. Then we can start to look at the real reasons why these things happen.

Terrie De Santa
Terrie De Santa

I say no. This is and was a mentally unstable person. Sad it wasn't dealt with back when he told his parents he was hearing voices. Just a heartbreaking tragedy from beginning to end.

gumbyDammit
gumbyDammit

 @justus.sams Killing him would be doing him a favor.

 

You can't suffer when you're dead. You can't live with the consequences of your actions when you're dead.

 

Death's too good for him.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 @justus.sams Yeah, the death penalty will sure stop people who are mentally ill and SO OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY that they have no comprehension of the consequences of their actions. I worked with "Loughners" for almost 20 years and frankly'

 

YOUR COMMENT REFLECTS THE GENERAL IGNORANCE PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS.

justus.sams
justus.sams

 @shadeaux14  insanity is a cop out.  He is competent and very well knew what he did , dont make excuses for someone you never met , insane or sane if your a threat to human life. then you deserve to be freed of you pain.  It's like putting a horse with a broken leg out of its misery.  it's more humane for everyone.  

dood
dood

 @justus.sams We should put humans down when they have a broken leg.

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