MARANA – Residents took another step was taken in putting one of the darkest days in southern Arizona history behind them on Thursday. Jared Loughner was sentenced to seven life sentences plus 140 years for the attacks on a Gabby Giffords’ Congress on your Corner event that left six dead.
Loughner, who attended Mountain View High School, opened fire on a crowd of people on January 8, 2011 in front of a grocery store who had come out to meet Congresswoman Giffords.
On Thursday 10 of the victims of the shooting were able to speak at the sentencing hearing. Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly were on hand. Kelly spoke for the family.
Loughner had reached a plea bargain. He pled guilty in exchange for not receiving the death penalty. Loughner is not expected to be eligible for parole.
Although Loughner suffers from schizophrenia, he was judged competent to stand trial,
Pima County attorney Barbara LaWall announced at a post-sentencing press conference that she would not be prosecuting Loughner under state law. Loughner was convicted in federal court and will likely be returning to a federal prison in Missouri.
For the complete article see the 11-30-2012 issue.
Share on Facebook