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Jared Loughner Sentenced As Gabby Giffords Looks On

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Jared Loughner, the 24-year old whose shooting rampage left former Representative Gabrielle Giffords with a near-fatal head wound last year, was sentenced today to seven consecutive life terms plus 140 years. There is no possibility of parole.

The sentencing took place with several of Loughner’s victims in the room. On the day he opened fire at an outdoor rally in Tucson, he killed six people and injured twelve others. Giffords was forced to undergo extensive, difficult surgery which left her without the ability to speak or function properly for months, until painful rehabilitation was completed. She and her husband, Mark Kelly, watched as he was handed his sentence today and Kelly followed it up with a statement which caused emotions to run high in the courtroom.

“Mr. Loughner, you may have put a bullet through her head but you haven’t put a dent in her spirit and her commitment to make the world a better place…You have decades upon decades to contemplate what you did. But after today, after this moment, here and now, Gabby and I are done thinking about you.”

As of now, it is unclear whether Loughner will be a candidate for the death penalty for his crimes, as although he was declared able to understand the charges against him, he has also been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Jared Loughner Sentenced As Gabby Giffords Looks On
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  • http://live.com ChadineTaylor

    I think every one of these who end their lives condemned and locked up get enough spent on them on their way there to support places and programs people seem to acquiesce to, or take for granted. I want them damn bills! I wanna see ‘em; prove my point.

  • Master blaster

    Just the cost of his medications that he will undoubtedly now require, will exceed the cost of putting him to death. It will cost millions to house him the rest of his life. The prison system is a business and an inmate is a resource and believe me, they maximize everything they can squeeze out of the state budget just so they can ask for more next year. It’s all a game. They make sure to spend every penny of their budget or it would be cut if there were left over monies.. Hey Amanda Crum. You are awful and I should be writing these columns.

  • emily

    You know; if someone whacks him in prison; so be it. I think he should be sent to the worst prison in America; however I can’t remember where it is. It’s in a remote area out in the desert somewhere and he won’t be a happy camper there either. I don’t know why prisoners are not on bread and water. I don’t know why they have TV or cable; I don’t. They shouldn’t have air conditioning and they should on the floors like they do in Mexico. In Siberia they don’t have heat. Hell, NY, NJ and a lot of the Country doesn’t have heat. They shouldn’t treat them like celebrities. Throw them all in together in one room like the Pigs they are. Shove the bread and water into them and let them fend for themselves.

  • emily

    Well, let’s not be too harsh. We could slip a Bible into them; once a month and play Christian music to them all day and all night long. :-)

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