Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:31 PM EDT2013-05-21 20:31:43 GMT
From the U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona on Aug. 7, 2012: Jared Lee Loughner, 23, of Tucson, Ariz., pleaded guilty today in federal district court to charges stemming from the January 8, 2011 shootingMore >
Explanation of Loughner's plea agreement by the U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona. More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:31 PM EDT2013-05-21 20:31:42 GMT
After Tucson shooter Jared Loughner was sent to prison for the rest of his life, his victims and witnesses to the terror of January 8, 2011, spoke at a news conference and individually with KOLD News 13More >
Tucson massacre victims and witnesses finding their way after the experience that has altered all their lives. More >
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
Convicted mass shooter Jared Loughner was sentenced to seven life terms in prison plus 140 years.
Loughner, 24, appeared in federal court in downtown Tucson today at 10 a.m.
Loughner was convicted after agreeing to a plea deal in August. He pleaded guilty to 19 counts including the attempted assassination of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on Jan. 8, 2011. Six of the life sentences were for the six fatalities, and the seventh sentence was for the attempted assassination of Giffords.
The deal guaranteed he will spend the rest of his life in prison, but it also took the death penalty off the table.
Federal Judge Larry Burns said that Loughner was not insane at the time of the shooting and that it was premeditated. "He knew what he was doing," Burns said.
Six people died in that shooting at the Congress on Your Corner event outside of the Safeway on Ina Road. Gabe Zimmerman, 30, Giffords' outreach director; John Roll, 63, a federal judge; Phyllis Schneck, 79; Dorothy Morris, 76; Dorwan Stoddard, 76; and Christina-Taylor Green, 9, were killed.
The courtroom with filled with victims and their loved ones.
Tucson News Now's Sonu Wasu is tweeting from inside the courtroom. She says Loughner looked somber and expressionless. After a psychologist, Dr. Christina Pietz, testified that he was competent to proceed with sentencing, Loughner waived his right to address the court.
This brings the federal case to a close.
Patricia Maisch, who helped tackle Loughner on Jan. 8, was the first to speak in court. "That beautiful day our mental health system failed us. For six that failure was devastating and unimaginable," Maisch said.
Suzi Hileman addressed the court saying, "I will now walk out of this courtroom, and I will never think of you again." She looked directly at Loughner, who sat still looking at her and listening.
Mavanell Stoddard, whose husband was killed in the shooting said, "You took my precious husband and ruined my whole life. He died saving me." Her husband died trying to shield her from the gunfire. She said she hoped Loughner could can find Jesus, "I forgive you. I don't hate you. I hate the act you performed."
Congressman Ron Barber, injured in the shooting, said, "We saw the courage of strangers coming to our aid. We saw great kindness as we began our healing. Now you must pay the price."
Giffords and Kelly addressed Loughner together. Giffords stood next to her husband as he read a strongly worded statement. Kelly said, "For the first and last time, you're going to hear from Gabby and me…Pay attention."
Kelly said to Loughner, "You tried to bring us into your dark, evil world. But know this, you failed."
"You may have put her bullet through her head, but you did not put a dent in her spirit," he said.
After the victims spoke, the prosecutor addressed the courtroom with the names of the victim's and details about their lives and impact of the shooting. The prosecutor said it took "months of drugs" to convince Loughner that he did not kill Giffords.
The prosecutor also mentioned Amy and Randy Loughner, Jared's parents, as victims. "They also lost their son, but under different circumstances."
Victims said they do not want restitution from Loughner in this case and they are also not requiring a fine as Loughner has no means to pay a fine.
Judge Burns recommended leaving Loughner at prison in Springfield, MO with continued medical treatment.
According to Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall, the state has decided to not file charges against Loughner.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:39 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:39:41 GMT
A Decatur woman who was out with friends in Nashville, Tennessee during a bachelorette party is recovering at the Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta, after being hit by a suspected drunk driver the nightMore >
A Decatur woman who was out with friends in Nashville, Tennessee during a bachelorette party is recovering at the Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta, after being hit by a suspected drunk driver the night of the party.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:27 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:27:31 GMT
It only took a Fulton County jury one hour to reach a guilty verdict against Michael Parson, 40. Prosecutors said Michael Parson shot his wife Adina eight times outside their Sandy Springs home in AprilMore >
It only took a Fulton County jury one hour to reach a guilty verdict against Michael Parson, 40. More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:26 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:26:07 GMT
Palmetto police department is investigating an attempted abduction that occurred Wednesday afternoon. A 13 year old male got off of the school bus along Carlton Road and stated to police that a man approachedMore >
Palmetto Police Department is investigating an attempted abduction that occurred Wednesday afternoon. A 13-year-old male got off of the school bus along Carlton Road and stated to police that a man approached him and pulled him into a green Ford pickup truck.More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:04:40 GMT
MISSOURI CITY, TX (KPRC/CNN) - When a pregnant teacher in Texas collapsed, her coworkers rushed to help. The woman technically died, gave birth, and then was brought back to life. Erica Nigrelli, an EnglishMore >
A pregnant woman's heart stopped, and doctors performed an emergency c-section to rescue the baby and save the woman.More >