Jared Loughner, the man who killed six and wounded 13 in an Arizona shooting spree, was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Thursday. Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords attended the hearing, but did not speak.
A former congresswoman badly wounded in a shooting rampage two years ago came face to face with her attacker as he was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentence plus 140 years in prison for killing six people and wounding 13.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, partially blind, her right arm paralyzed and limp, attended the Thursday sentencing, standing beside her husband as he spoke of her struggles to recover from being shot in the head.
Jared Lee Loughner, 24, pleaded guilty under an agreement that guarantees he will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. He avoids a federal death sentence, although state prosecutors could still decide to try him.
"Her life has been forever changed. Plans she had for our family and her career have been immeasurably altered," said astronaut Mark Kelly, both he and his wife staring at the shooter inside a packed courtroom. "Every day is a continuous struggle to do those things she once was so good at."
One by one, survivors of the attack at a Giffords political event approached the courtroom podium to address Loughner, each turning toward him where he sat stoic and emotionless at a table with his attorneys.