Jared Loughner—who went on a shooting rampage in Arizona that wounded former Representative Gabby Giffords and killed six others—received seven life sentences today for his crimes. The New York Times reported:
Jared L. Loughner was sentenced to multiple terms of life in prison Thursday at a court hearing punctuated by raw emotion as former Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark E. Kelly confronted the man who shot her in the head at close range during a rampage here last year that left six people dead and 12 others wounded.
As a packed courtroom fell silent, Mr. Kelly, with Ms. Giffords at his side, told Mr. Loughner, 24, that he had failed in his effort to create a world as dark as the one he inhabited.
‘You may have put a bullet through her head, but you haven’t put a dent on her spirit and her commitment to make the world a better place,’ said Mr. Kelly about Ms. Giffords, who was gravely wounded and whose arm was in a sling on Thursday.
Ms. Giffords, who resigned from Congress in January 2102, and who has difficulty speaking as a result of her injury, ‘struggles to walk, her right arm is paralyzed, she’s partially blind,’ Mr. Kelly said.
Ms. Giffords did not speak at the hearing, at which victims described the impact of Mr. Loughner’s January 2011 shooting spree, but looked directly at Mr. Loughner as her husband read from a statement.
‘After today, after this moment, Gabby and I are done thinking about you,’ Mr. Kelly concluded. With that, he and Ms. Giffords walked away.
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