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Should Jared Loughner Have Faced the Death Penalty?

Yesterday, it was made official: Jared Loughner's going to die in prison for the Tucson shooting, as was sentenced to seven life terms in prison plus 140 years.

Loughner, who turned 24 in September, was the lone shooter in last year's Tucson shooting that killed six people and injured 13, including former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

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Loughner pleaded guilty a few months ago to 19 federal charges, and as part of the plea agreement, he won't be executed.

He also waived his right to appeal the sentence, so he's in there for good.

Some people have been calling for Loughner's execution throughout this whole thing, which likely would have complicated things.

It's not likely that someone (Loughner) would plead guilty knowing that they would be executed because of it, so that could have put the case to trial -- which probably would've been a spectacle.

County prosecutors could have filed state charges against Loughner, and also sought the death penalty, but they won't be bringing a case against him.

This morning's question: should Loughner have faced the death penalty?

Cast your vote below:



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Matthew Hendley
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