Jared Loughner Pleads Guilty to 19 Charges, Will Spend the Rest of His Life in Prison

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Jared Loughner is guilty.
Jared Lee Loughner will die in prison.

Loughner -- the lone suspect in last year's Tucson shooting that killed six people and injured 13, including former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords -- pleaded guilty to 19 charges in federal court today, after being found competent to understand the charges against him.

As part of the plea deal, Loughner can't appeal his convictions, can't try any sort of insanity defenses, and won't ever be eligible for parole.

As part of the plea agreement, Loughner won't have to face the death penalty.

His actual sentencing won't take place for a couple months, but the only possible outcome of that is multiple life sentences for Loughner.

Loughner pleaded guilty to a charge for each person killed or injured during the shooting, and agreed to seven life sentences plus 140 years in prison.
Loughner faced 49 federal charges related to the January 8, 2011, shooting, and was previously found incompetent to stand trial.

However, Loughner was ordered to be treated at a psychiatric facility and be forcibly treated with medication in an effort to "restore his competency" to stand trial -- which apparently worked.

Among the charges Loughner pleaded guilty to was the shooting of Giffords, who was "satisfied" with the plea deal, according to her husband, Mark Kelly.

The plea agreement can be found below:

Loughner Plea Agreement


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2 comments
cugagcmu80
cugagcmu80

I have to admire Gabby Giffords' compassion because if what happened to her had happened to me, I seriously doubt if I could be as compassionate.  I pray that I would, but I wouldn't know until it happened to me or mine.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

 @truthseekeraz That sounds nice until you actually stop and look at how many people have been wrongly convicted and sentenced to death. This has been due to mishandling of evidence, corruption, incompetence, and newly discovered science. It's the incompetence and corruption that bothers me. It pisses me off every time someone gets released from death row because dirty cops framed him, or were too inept at their job to do it correctly and the person went to prison. It pisses me off even more when I find out that the guy's lawyer has been trying to get a new trial with all of this evidence of incompetence or misconduct, and has been ignored.

 

Fix the system, and maybe we can move on to tailoring it to your personal wishes.

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