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Victims to face Loughner at sentencing tomorrow

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tomorrow the admitted gunman in the January 8 shootings returns to a federal courtroom in Tucson for sentencing.

Loughner was convicted in August after making a plea deal.

He plead guilty to 19 counts,  including the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on Jan. 8, 2011.

Six people died in that shooting and 12 others were wounded. The deal guarantees Loughner will spend the rest of his life in prison.

It also makes him ineligible for parole. The sentencing is set for 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Victims of the incident have told Tucson News Now that Giffords and husband Mark Kelly will attend the sentencing. 

The victims have not attended the court hearing but tomorrow they are eager to face him, they call it the day of closure. The day they will face the man who has left them scarred forever.

"I had a stroke on July 3rd.  I think the stroke was caused by this event," said Bill Badger, a shooting survivor.

"When there's a loud noise that shocks me back into that moment when the gunshots started.  It makes me pause and remember the people that were taken from us," said Pat Maisch.

"I dreaded the idea of having to go through the trial.  Not only for myself but for many of the survivors and families of the victims," said Pam Simon.

"I have a very difficult time forgiving somebody for something like this…I can't forgive him. No," said retired Col. Bill Badger. 

We will have crews at the federal court house, providing you late breaking updates.

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