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Loughner to be sentenced in Tucson shootings

  • Jared Loughner shot and killed 6 during event at a Tucson supermarket
  • Giffords’ friend & her husband will speak in court

Jared Loughner, the man accused in a 2011 shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona, that left six people dead and wounded 13 others, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will be sentenced today.

The former congresswoman was shot in the head, but survived the shooting.

Giffords, who led the Pledge of Allegiance during the Democratic National Convention in September, still struggles to walk and use her right hand. She will be in the courtroom, along with her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly. Kelly will read a statement at today's hearing.

Patricia Maisch, who helped stop Loughner from reloading that day, will also say a few words during his hearing.

"I just have to shake my head," Maish says. "I don't think you can have words that can have strong enough meaning.  So I don’t have any specific words for him."

Loughner is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole.

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