Nearly two years after surviving an attempt on her life, former Arizona U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords stood in federal court on Thursday to face her assailant before he was sentenced for shooting six people to death and wounding 13 others, including Giffords.
Jared Loughner, 24, a college dropout with a history of psychiatric disorders, was expected to receive seven consecutive life prison terms without the possibility of parole under a plea deal with prosecutors that spares him the death penalty.
Loughner, asked at the outset of the hearing by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns if he had chosen to waive his right to make a statement, answered in a low voice, “That’s true.”
He was otherwise silent as he sat next to his lawyer, Judy Clarke.
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