Jared Lee Loughner, Giffords' assailant, sentenced to life imprisonment

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

Jared Loughner, who killed six people and wounded, among 13 others, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in 2011, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.

Reuters reported that Giffords was present at the sentencing.

Loughner’s sentence was part of a plea deal which denies the possibility of parole but forgoes the death penalty.

"He will never have the opportunity to pick up a gun and do this again," U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said.

In the Jan. 8 shooting, Giffords received a bullet to her head which resulted in speech difficulties and lessened sight. She resigned from Congress a year later to concentrate on her recovery.

Loughner, who has a history of psychological problems, confessed that he committed the shooting with the intent to kill Giffords.

His parents, Amy and Randy, were also present at the sentencing.

"Please know that I and my family hold no animosity toward you, and that I can appreciate how devastating the acts of your son were,” said Giffords’s former aide Ron Barber, who was also wounded in the shooting.

CBS reported that it is not known where Loughner, 24, will serve his sentence.



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