Gavel Grab

Loughner Pleads Guilty in Rampage that Killed Judge

Jared Loughner, accused in an Arizona shooting spree that killed a federal judge and wounded a congresswoman, was found competent to stand trial on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to 19 charges.

In exchange, prosecutors will not seek the death penalty, according to an Associated Press article. Loughner will be imprisoned for life.

The defendant pleaded guilty in the murders of U.S. District John Roll and others including Gabe Zimmerman, an aide to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He pleaded guilty to attempting to assassinate Giffords.

Six people were killed in the January 2011 shooting rampage and 13 were injured.


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