Loughner pleads guilty to Ariz. shooting

Jared Loughner's plea spares him the death penalty


Anderson Independent-Mail 

TUCSON, Ariz. — Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to going on a shooting rampage at a political gathering, killing six people and wounding his intended target, then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and 12 others.

Loughner's plea spares him the death penalty and came soon after a federal judge found that months of forcibly medicating him to treat his schizophrenia had made the 23-year-old college dropout competent to understand the gravity of the charges and assist in his defense.

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