Jared Loughner, who pleaded guilty in the shooting that left six people dead and wounded former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others, was sentenced today in Arizona to life without parole.
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly looked intently into the eyes of Jared Loughner in a courtroom Thursday and left him this message: “You tried to create a world as dark and evil as your own. Remember this: You failed.”
Those were the words of Mark Kelly, who spoke for Giffords at Thursday’s sentencing of the man who killed six and wounded 13 during a brutal shooting 2011 shooting spree in a supermarket parking lot near Tucson.
Loughner was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences and 140 years.
Kelly was among a large group of Loughner’s victims who spoke at the hearing before the judge formally imposed a sentence on Loughner.
Kelly and Giffords approached the podium together. Giffords, wearing a green blouse and sporting shoulder length blonde hair, gazed intently at Loughner as Kelly, speaking for her, told the shooter, “Gabby would trade her own life for one you took on that day.”
“Every day is a continuous struggle to do the things she was once so very good at,” Kelly said. He also told Loughner, “By making death and producing tragedy you sought to diminish the beauty of life.”
Source: USA Today