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Jared Loughner Gets 7 Life Sentences

By November 8, 2012

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The Arizona man who pleaded guilty to a shooting rampage after he was forcibly medicated to make him competent has been sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences to be followed by 140 years in prison. Jared Lee Loughner will never be eligible for parole.

The sentence came after an emotional sentencing hearing at which his victims, including U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords, were able to confront the killer for the first time.

In August, Loughner pleaded guilty to 19 federal charges under a plea agreement that dismissed 30 other charges against him. The prosecution and defense agreed to the deal that guaranteed that he would spend the remainder of his life behind bars.

'Done Thinking About You'

Loughner spoke only once during the hearing, saying "That's true," when asked if he had waived his right to make a statement. Otherwise he sat still and silent by his attorney's side as a line of victims and family members made victim impact statements.

Rep. Giffords did not speak during the hearing, but stood holding the hand of her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, who spoke on her behalf.

Kelly spoke directly to Loughner, "You may have put a bullet through her head, but you haven't put a dent in her spirit and commitment. You have decades upon decades to contemplate what you did. But after today. After this moment. Here and now. Gabby and I are done thinking about you."

Loughner has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and will continue to need medication. He may serve his time at a federal medical facility, such as the Springfield, Missouri prison where he was treated prior to being declared competent.

See Also:
Tucson Shooter Sentenced to Life After Giffords, Other Victims Confront Him

Background:
The Tucson Shooting Rampage
Profile: Jared Lee Loughner

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Comments

November 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm
(1) Suzi says:

I understand that this sick man shot and killed several people and almost
killing and wounding US Representative, Gabby Giffords. Maybe the court system doesn’t feel especially comfortable in anyway as handing down 7 life sentences, almost didn’t seem enough. Truthfully it wasn’t enough, so an extra 140 years, were added at the end of 7 life sentences. Error. 7 Consequetive life sentences. It doesn’t really matter whether you have 1 or 201 life sentences. When someone is declared legally dead by a doctor the chances of them coming back to life and being in good enough form to leave the prison or hospital (depending on the circumstances). How could that not be deemed a miracle? We all know The Walking Dead, is a popular cable tv show about zombies. We know that’s all folklore. I guess the $64,000 question is: How can a man come back to life more than 7 years, after living more than 140 years old?

I hope nobody thinks I’m on the criminal’s side, but really. Can an inmate
be forced to take medication, against his will? Often times, when a pt.is started out on medication, there’s a guinea pig phase almot every patient
goes through. Unless you’re super lucky, the medication will work and you’ll become less depressed and/or psychotic.

November 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm
(2) Doa says:

Taken in part from Prison Legal News…
” It is hard to make the case that the American public has become disenchanted with LWOP or life sentences more generally for most adult offenders. Prior to the 1970s, LWOP was virtually nonexistent. Today 49 states have some form of LWOP on the books, up from 16 in the mid-1990s. In six states Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Pennsylvania and South Dakota all life sentences mean life without the possibility of parole. The same is true for life sentences in the federal system, which ended parole eligibility for life-sentenced prisoners in 1987.”
Jared Loughner was sentenced on federal charges and given consecutive life sentences. Consecutive means back to back life + 140 years on top of that. If his life span is 80 years (80 x 7 =560 yrs – whatever his age is now that must been done first) then the additional 140 yrs begin afterwards.
I understand what your trying to say in your 2nd paragraph, but your first paragraph makes no sense all.

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