Jared Loughner Pleads Guilty to 19 Charges, Will Spend the Rest of His Life in Prison
Jared Lee Loughner will die in prison.
Loughner -- the lone suspect in last year's Tucson shooting that killed six people and injured 13, including former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords -- pleaded guilty to 19 charges in federal court today, after being found competent to understand the charges against him.
As part of the plea deal, Loughner can't appeal his convictions, can't try any sort of insanity defenses, and won't ever be eligible for parole.
As part of the plea agreement, Loughner won't have to face the death penalty.
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His actual sentencing won't take place for a couple months, but the only possible outcome of that is multiple life sentences for Loughner.
Loughner pleaded guilty to a charge for each person killed or injured during the shooting, and agreed to seven life sentences plus 140 years in prison.
Loughner faced 49 federal charges related to the January 8, 2011, shooting, and was previously found incompetent to stand trial.
However, Loughner was ordered to be treated at a psychiatric facility and be forcibly treated with medication in an effort to "restore his competency" to stand trial -- which apparently worked.
Among the charges Loughner pleaded guilty to was the shooting of Giffords, who was "satisfied" with the plea deal, according to her husband, Mark Kelly.
The plea agreement can be found below:
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