Loughner gets life for Tucson shooting rampage

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Jared Lee Loughner was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the Tucson shooting rampage that killed six and wounded 13, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Loughner opened fire Jan. 8, 2011, in a supermarket parking lot where Giffords was hosting a constituent event, shooting the congresswoman in the head with a 9-millimeter Glock 19 pistol. Before Loughner was subdued, he managed to fire 31 other shots. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and underwent forcible psychotropic drug treatments.

Loughner pleaded guilty to 19 federal charges in an agreement that allows him to avoid the death penalty but serve a sentence of seven consecutive life terms, followed by 140 years in prison.

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