Jared Loughner Sentenced Today to Seven Life Terms

November 8, 2012

Fernanda Santos of the New York Times reports that Jared Loughner was sentenced today in federal court to 7 life terms in the shooting incident that left 6 people dead and 12 wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Her husband, Mark Kelly, confronted him during the sentencing.

“As a packed courtroom fell silent, Mr. Kelly, with Ms. Giffords at his side, told Mr. Loughner, 24, that he had failed in his effort to create a world as dark as the one he inhabited.

“You may have put a bullet through her head, but you haven’t put a dent on her spirit and her commitment to make the world a better place,” said Mr. Kelly about Ms. Giffords, who was gravely wounded and whose arm was in a sling on Thursday.

Ms. Giffords, who resigned from Congress in January 2012, and who has difficulty speaking as a result of her injury, “struggles to walk, her right arm is paralyzed, she’s partially blind,” Mr. Kelly said.

Ms. Giffords did not speak at the hearing, at which victims described the impact of Mr. Loughner’s January 2011 shooting spree, but looked directly at Mr. Loughner as her husband read from a statement.

“After today, after this moment, Gabby and I are done thinking about you,” Mr. Kelly concluded. With that, he and Ms. Giffords walked away.”

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