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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Arizona Shooter


8/7/2012 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Jared Loughner
-- the guy who shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords -- has changed his plea to "guilty" after last year's Tucson, AZ shooting, in which he killed 6 people and injured 13 more ... and has agreed to spend SEVEN life sentences in prison.

A plea of "not guilty" had previously been entered on Loughner's behalf -- but today, the judge ruled Loughner was competent to understand the gravity of the charges against him ... thanks to forcible treatment of his schizophrenia.

The shooting took place back on January 8, 2011. Loughner opened fire in a Safeway parking lot, where Rep. Giffords was holding a constituents meeting.

Loughner was originally charged with 49 criminal counts including first-degree murder. Today he pled guilty to 19 counts, including attempted assassination, 1st degree murder of 2 federal employees, and attempted murder of 2 federal employees. The remaining counts were dismissed.

The federal employees Loughner gunned down and killed were U.S. District Court judge John Roll and one of Giffords' staffers, Gabe Zimmerman.

Loughner's plea deal will allow him to avoid the death penalty, but he's agreed to serve seven life sentences in prison ... plus an additional 140 years.

Giffords, who was shot in the head, is slowly recovering. Shortly before Loughner entered his new plea today, Giffords released a statement, saying, "The pain and loss caused by the events of Jan. 8, 2011, are incalculable."

She added, "Avoiding a trial will allow us — and we hope the whole Southern Arizona community — to continue with our recovery."


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I just dont get it. A person can intentionally kill people and they get to spend their life living, albeit in prison - but alive and on my tax dollars. I am so against life in prison for premeditated murderers. I feel if someone kills in cold blood they should have to pay for taking a life with their own. Negotiating to take the death penalty off the table is BS!

810 days ago

Honeys Booboo    

Because when you shave off your eyebrows,
much hilarity ensues.

810 days ago

verlinda shoot into a crowd of people, kill 6 gun in hand, how can you not be guilty? Still I believe one bullet between Uncle Fester's eyes and be done with it

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810 days ago


George Zimmerman NOT GUILTY..!!

810 days ago


Go Gabby! You rock, Girl! We need you back in DC!!

810 days ago


wow,I met this dude...he used to come into Applebees in Sheepshead Bay

810 days ago


damn creepiest mugshot of all time

810 days ago

buzz kill    

Looks like a happy fellow. :-)

810 days ago


This is bull****. He should get the death penalty. Prison time is for people who have a chance a rehabilitation. So he get's to live the rest of his life on our tax dollars?

810 days ago


This isn't a recent picture.

In his most-recent picture.

The smile's wiped completely off of his face.

A few years in solitary'll do that to ye.

810 days ago

Phishie from Philly    

Noooooo, he's perfectly sane.

Phishie from Philly

810 days ago

Throwback kid    

Tucson has named half of the town after the Green family. There were five other victims who lost their lives that day, how about telling the people of Tucson about the other victims?. That is if it is OK with the Green family and their PR machine.

810 days ago


He is CREEEEEPY and looks like a child molester/killer. He should be shot to death. He has no reason/right to be alive!

810 days ago


Didnt he murder a little girl? Why didnt he get charged for that?

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