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Loughner to plead guilty, LA Times reports

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Jared Loughner will plead guilty to the Jan. 8, 2011 shootings in federal court Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

Loughner, who is receiving treatment in a Springfield, Mo., prison, is accused of killing six and wounding 13 others, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's.

Among the dead were U.S. District Court Judge John Roll and 9-year-old Christina Taylor-Green.

The newspaper reported Loughner will appear Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Tucson.

Knowledgable sources say psychiatric experts have examined Loughner, 23, the newspaper reported, and will testify he has the capacity to accept, and understand, the charges against him.

The terms of the plea arrangement remained unclear Saturday, the newspaper reported, on whether Loughner would admit guilt to all or some of the charges in return for a lengthy prison sentence rather than risk a potential death penalty.

A person familiar with the Jared Lee Loughner case, speaking on condition of anonymity about upcoming events in the criminal case, says the plan is for Loughner to enter a guilty plea that would result in a sentence of life imprisonment. The source was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.           

The plan is contingent on the judge in the case allowing Loughner to enter the plea.  

The full Los Angeles Times story can be found at: http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-loughner-guilty-plea-20120804,0,4006905.story

Tucson News Now's efforts to reach attorneys and prosecutors for comment were unsuccessful.

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