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Gunman pleads guilty to shooting rampage

2012-08-07 22:00

Tucson - The suspect in a mass shooting that left a US congresswoman wounded has pleaded guilty to going on the rampage that killed six other people.

Jared Lee Loughner's plea on Tuesday allows him to avoid the death penalty in a shooting that gained worldwide attention in January 2011 because his intended target congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Among the dead were Arizona's chief federal judge and a Giffords' aide.

Federal Judge Larry Burns had found that Loughner was mentally unfit to stand trial.

He ruled on Tuesday that months of forcibly medicating him to treat his schizophrenia made him competent to understand the gravity of the charges against him and assist in his own defensc.

Loughner is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Comments
  • zip.reeper - 2012-08-07 22:32

    3 literals. well done slapa

  • johan.haasbroek.9 - 2012-08-08 04:19

    This is unfortunately once again a rushed and badly constructed news report. Syntax and spelling errors galore. I'd be ashamed to call myself a reporter.....Oh, sorry - you were clever enough to omit your name..

  • laila.conlon - 2012-08-08 06:29

    I agree with Johan's comment. The spelling and grammar in this piece is shocking - most of which can be remedied beforehand by using 'spellcheck'. We expect a little more from News24. Correct it before other readers come across it at least!

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