Top news coming in to a warm San Francisco today is about the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner. Jared Lee Loughner will not be facing the death penalty.
Loughner is the man who shot Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona. Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty today to the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords.
Instead of the death sentence, Jared Lee Loughner will instead be given a life sentence.
The news source, Newser.com, reports that Loughner is completely competent to stand trial and understands exactly what his sentence means.
“Such a horrible incident that shook the whole country. I don’t think anyone will ever forget what happened. I can only say we are glad that Gabbie Giffords made such a remarkable recovery. Everybody’s prayers were answered. Sadly, however, there were six others who were not so lucky that day, like the little girl, Christina Green, and they will always be in our memory,” says San Francisco resident, Anne Witham.
A plea bargain is what both Gabrille Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, want and they have told reporters that such a decision will help Southern Arizona to move on and put the past to rest.
Last year, Gabrielle Giffords returned to Congress. See the article on why she did that: SF learns why Gabrielle Giffords returns to Congress (photos, video)
See the full report here from Newser.com
(NEWSER) – Jared Lee Loughner won’t face the death penalty for his shooting spree against Gabrielle Giffords that killed six. The 23-year-old pleaded guilty today and will likely get a life sentence instead, reports AP. Before the plea, the judge declared Loughner competent to stand trial should he go that route, citing his prison treatment for schizophrenia. Loughner’s behavior in court left “no question that he understands what’s happening today,” said Judge Larry A. Burns. When he asked Loughner whether he understood the proceedings, he answered, “Yes, I understand.”
Earlier, Giffords and husband Mark Kelly said they were “satisfied” with the deal, Kelly told the Wall Street Journal. “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.” Other shooting victims have also expressed support for the plea bargain.
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See some emotional photos, including those of a sad President Obama and the First Lady, in the slideshow at the top of this article for more on this story.
See the following articles by this Examiner on Jared Lee Loughner and Gabrielle Giffords:
Gabrielle Giffords, one year anniversary of shooting (photos)
SF learns: Gabrielle Giffords will step down this week (photos, video)
Breaking: Mark Kelly, husband of Gabrielle Giffords, will return to space
Gabrielle Giffords talks, ‘your prayers are being heard’ says husband
Congresswoman Giffords shot in Arizona, second shooter likely
Arizona shooting: Giffords moves, on Christina ‘I couldn’t bring her home’