Giffords gunman given life sentence

The man who pleaded guilty to the deadly Arizona shooting rampage that wounded former US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been sentenced to life in prison.

The man who pleaded guilty to the deadly Arizona shooting rampage that wounded former US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been sentenced to life in prison.

US district judge Larry Burns sentenced 24-year-old Jared Lee Loughner for the January 2011 attack that left six people dead and Giffords and several others wounded.

Loughner pleaded guilty to federal charges under an agreement that guarantees he will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Tucson hearing marked the first time victims – including Giffords, a Democrat – could confront Loughner in court.

Ms Giffords’ husband, former astronaut Mark E Kelly, spoke on her behalf, saying Loughner changed his wife’s life forever, but could not dent her spirit.

Ms Giffords hugged her husband after the life term was revealed.

Loughner, who was wearing dress trousers and a dark brown shirt with a tie, showed little response to the sentence, which he had agreed to in a deal that kept him from the death penalty.

Loughner’s mother sobbed during the hearing. US marshals escorted the parents from the courtroom after the sentencing.

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