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Is Jared Loughner's Sentence Harsh Enough for 2011 Tucson Shooting?

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Jared Loughner -- the lone suspect in the January 2011 Tucson shooting that killed six people and injured 13, including former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords -- will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Loughner pleaded guilty to 19 charges in federal court yesterday ensuring that he will spend the rest of his life behind bars. The official sentencing hearing is expected to take place later this year.

The plea deal Loughner agreed to forces him to serve out seven consecutive life sentences in addition to 140 years in prison. He waived his right to appeal the conviction or claim insanity as part of the agreement.

His acceptance of the plea agreement will eliminate the spectacle that a full trial would bring, and Loughner will not face the death penalty.

"We don't speak for all of the victims or their families, but Gabby and I are satisfied with this plea agreement," Mark Kelly, husband of Gabrielle Giffords says in a statement. "The pain and loss caused by the events of January 8, 2011 are incalculable. Avoiding a trial will allow us -- and we hope the whole Southern Arizona community -- to continue with our recovery and move forward with our lives."

Is Loughner's sentence harsh enough for the 2011 Tucson Shooting?

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