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.
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 8:21 PM EDT2013-05-21 00:21:00 GMT
Jackson Police are investigating a homicide in west Jackson Monday after a body was discovered inside a residence on Arbor Vista Boulevard. According to Officer Colendula Green with JPD, officers haveMore >>
Jackson police have released the identity of the man found dead in a west Jackson house Monday morning.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:34 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:34:41 GMT
NOTE: Photos and videos will be added to this story later in the evening. The Walthall County Sheriffs Department along with The Humane Society of the United States are in the process of raiding a puppyMore >>
Among the dogs, many are dead, and skeletal remains were mixed with living animals in small, dark, filthy enclosures.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 >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:00:58 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-21 20:20:25 GMT
A body discovered in Clinton Saturday night has led to a homicide investigation. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart confirms a body was discovered, although few other details are known. The bodyMore >>
Judge Steven Nixon has denied bond for the man charged in the weekend shooting death of a 21-year-old Jackson man in Clinton.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:26 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:26:49 GMT
Hinds County sheriff's deputies seized five pounds of marijuana and made two arrests as the result of a three-month investigation. Sheriff's office officials say the northeast Jackson investigation isMore >>
Hinds County sheriff's deputies seized five pounds of marijuana and made two arrests as the result of a three-month investigation.More >>
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. More >>
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 12:10 PM EDT2013-05-20 16:10:06 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Arlington High School senior Taylor Flake thought she was making history when her classmates elected her to be the school's first African-American class president. "It's more than just me representingMore >>
Arlington High School senior Taylor Flake thought she was making history when her classmates elected her to be the school's first African-American class president.
So when the school started planning for the commencement, Flake said she was shocked to find out that she was not among those chosen to speak.More >>
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