Loughner Plead in Mass Shooting (Arizona supermarket)

Criminal defense Attorney
Murder/Attempted Murder

Jared Loughner pled guilty on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 to 49 counts of murder and attempted murder, stemming from the shooting rampage at a political gathering in Arizona last year, which killed six people and severely wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Saving him from a certain penalty of death, he will now instead be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to his criminal defense attorney.

After a Federal Judge decided that after months of the compulsorily medicating of Loughner, to treat his symptoms of schizophrenia, he was decided to finally be competent enough to understand the charges against him and have the ability to assist in his own defense; which was stated in the plea agreement that came soon after completion of his treatment. This was accomplished in spite of his criminal defense attorneys having repeatedly objecting to his forced medications. The Court-appointed psychologist testified for an hour Tuesday about how she believed Mr. Loughner is now competent to stand trial and answer for his actions. Mr. Loughner listened calmly during her testimony. According to Mr. Loughner's criminal defense attorneys, it appears that he will need to be treated for the rest of his life in order to remain competent.

Former representative Giffords, who was shot in the head during the shooting, said earlier that while she fully supported a possible plea deal for Mr. Loughner, she couldn't speak for all the other victims in this case.

The plea agreement offers something for both sides, said Quinn Denvir, a California criminal defense attorney who has worked with Loughner‘s criminal defense attorney on another infamous case, specifically the case against Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. With a plea deal of this magnitude, prosecutors are able to sidestep a theoretically drawn-out and expensive trial and a subsequent appeal, while still having the knowledge that Loughner will be imprisoned for the rest of his life and no longer be a threat to society.

The top prosecutor in southern Arizona's Pima County, where the shootings took place, had alluded last year that she may file state charges in the State case that could carry the death penalty, although the State of Arizona does not have any active prosecution against Loughner at this time. However, it is a strong possibility that the contents of the abovementioned agreement included a section for the State of Arizona to circumvent the pursuit of criminal concerns against Mr. Loughner. Either way, Mr. Loughner will be in prison for the rest of his life.

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