Loughner pleaded guilty to federal charges under an agreement that guarantees he will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, did all the talking for her, as the couple looked at Loughner and told him how his deadly rampage at the former congresswoman’s political meeting had upended her life.
“Her life has been forever changed. Plans she had for our family and her career have been immeasurably altered,” Kelly said. “Every day is a continuous struggle to do those things she once was so good at.”
Loughner showed no emotion, and looked at the other victims. His mother sobbed nearby.
Loughner pleaded guilty three months ago to 19 federal charges under an agreement that guarantees he will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Both sides reached the deal after a judge declared that Loughner was able to understand the charges against him. After the shooting, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and underwent forcible psychotropic drug treatments.
At the hearing, Loughner, who wore dress pants and a dark brown shirt with a tie, heard from his victims.
“We’ve been told about your demons, about the illness that skewed your thinking,” said Susan Hileman, at times visibly shaking, to Loughner. “Your parents, your schools, your community, they all failed you.
“It’s all true,” Hileman said. “It’s not enough.”View Entire Story
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