TUCSON, Ariz. (November 8, 2012)—Jared Lee Loughner, 24, who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a deadly Arizona shooting rampage that wounded former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Larry Burns sentenced Loughner for the January 2011 attack that left six people dead and Giffords and 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.
Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, were in court Thursday for the sentencing and during the hearing Kelly told Loughner that he changed Giffords’ life, but couldn’t dent her spirit.
Giffords stood alongside Kelly as he addressed Loughner.
It was the first time since the shooting that Giffords and Loughner have come face-to-face.
Kelly also took a swipe at politicians for their vitriolic comments after the shooting.
At the hearing Thursday, a prosecutor said the attacker saw Giffords as the face of the government he hated.
The prosecutor said Loughner was convinced he had killed Giffords after shooting her in the head.
He only later acknowledged after months of treatment that she was alive "and he had failed."
Loughner has been diagnosed as schizophrenic.