From the U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona on Aug. 7, 2012:
Jared Lee Loughner, 23, of Tucson, Ariz.,pleaded guilty today in federal district court to charges stemming from theJanuary 8, 2011 shooting outside a supermarket that killed six people andwounded 13 others. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Loughner willbe sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole.
"It is my hope that this decision will allowthe Tucson community, and the nation, to continue the healing process free ofwhat would likely be extended trial and pre-trial proceedings that would nothave a certain outcome. The prosecutors and agents assigned to this matter havedone an outstanding job and have ensured that justice has been done," saidAttorney General Eric Holder. "In making the determination not to seek thedeath penalty, I took into consideration the views of the victims and survivorfamilies, the recommendations of the prosecutors assigned to the case, and theapplicable law."
"Given the defendant's history of significantmental illness, this plea agreement, which requires the defendant to spend theremainder of his natural life in prison, with no possibility of parole, is ajust and appropriate resolution of this case," said U.S. Attorney John S.Leonardo. "I hope that today's resolution of this case will help the victims,their families, and the entire Tucson community take another step forward inthe process of healing and recovering from this sad and tragic event."
"Today, we remember the victims and theirfamilies who tragically lost their lives on January 8, 2011, as well as thosein the Tucson community who were greatly affected by this senseless tragedy,"stated FBI Special Agent in Charge James L. Turgal Jr., Phoenix Division. "Iwould like to thank the Pima County Sheriff's Office and the United States Attorney'sOffice who we worked side-by-side with on every aspect of this jointinvestigation. I would also like to thank all of our federal, state andlocal law enforcement partners for their tireless efforts in thiscase. The partnerships that we have throughout Arizona enabled the FBI tohave a coordinated response which resulted in a comprehensive and thoroughinvestigation—all which has led up to today's plea agreement."
According to the plea agreement, on January8, 2011 Loughner showed up at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' "Congress onYour Corner" event outside the Safeway grocery store in Tucson armed with aloaded semi-automatic pistol and carrying three additional magazines containing60 rounds of ammunition with the intent of killing Congresswoman Giffords andothers attending her community event.
Shortly after arriving at the event thatSaturday morning, Loughner shot Congresswoman Giffords in the head, and thenshot several other people who were in attendance. As a result of the shooting,six individuals were killed and 13 people, including Congresswoman Giffordswere injured, some seriously.
Through a plea agreement, Loughner pleadedguilty to 19 counts of the superseding indictment handed down March 3, 2011,consisting of the following crimes:
- The attemptedassassination of U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle D. Giffords;
- The murders offederal employees U.S. District Court Chief Judge John M. Roll andCongressional Aide Gabriel M. Zimmerman;
- The attemptedmurders of federal employees and Congressional Aides Ronald S. Barber andPamela K. Simon;
- Causing thedeaths of Christina-Taylor Green, Dorothy J. Morris, Phyllis C. Schneck, andDorwan C. Stoddard, all of whom were participants at an activity provided bythe United States;
- Injuring throughthe use of a Glock pistol Bill D. Badger, Kenneth W. Dorushka, James E. Fuller,Randy W. Gardner, Susan A. Hileman, George S. Morris, Mary C. Reed, MavanellStoddard, James L. Tucker, and Kenneth L. Veeder, Sr., all of whom wereparticipants at an activity provided by the United States;
Loughner also admitted that in committingthese offenses, he knowingly created a grave risk of death to Carol A.Dorushka, Robert C. Gawlick, Daniel Hernandez, Mark S. Kimble, Patricia R.Maisch, Emma E. McMahon, Owen A. McMahon, Thomas J. McMahon, Sara M. Rajca,Faith M. Salzgeber, Roger D. Salzgeber, Doris Tucker and Alexander J. Villec.
Under the terms of the plea agreement,Loughner will be sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences, followed by 140years in prison, as follows:
Loughner will be sentenced to a term of life in prison for each of thefollowing crimes:
- The attemptedassassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle D. Giffords;
- The murders offederal employees U.S. District Court Chief Judge John M. Roll andCongressional Aide Gabriel M. Zimmerman; and
- Causing thedeaths of Christina-Taylor Green, Dorothy J. Morris, Phyllis C. Shneck, andDorwan C. Stoddard, all of whom were participants at an activity provided bythe United States.
Loughner will also be sentenced to the maximum term of 20 years in prison foreach of the attempted murders of Congressional Aides Ronald S. Barber andPamela K. Simon.
Finally, Loughner will be sentenced to the maximum term of 10 years in prisonfor injuring through the use of a Glock pistol each of the following:
- Bill D. Badger;
- Kenneth W.Dorushka;
- James E. Fuller;
- Randy W.Gardner;
- Susan A.Hileman;
- George S.Morris;
- Mary C. Reed;
- James L. Tucker;and
- Kenneth L.Veeder, Sr.
Convictions for the attempted assassinationof a member of Congress, the murder of a federal employee, and causing thedeath of a participant in a federally-provided activity each carry a maximumsentence of life in prison (or death in thecase of murder), a $250,000 fine or both. A conviction for the attempted murderof a federal employee carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a$250,000 fine or both. A conviction for injuring a participant in afederally-provided activity carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a$250,000 fine or both. In determining an actual sentence, U.S. District JudgeLarry A. Burns will consult the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provideappropriate sentencing ranges. The judge, however, is not bound by those guidelinesin determining a sentence.
Sentencing is set before Judge Burns onNovember 15, 2012, at 10:00 am in Tucson, Ariz..
The investigation inthis case was conducted by the FBI and the Pima County, Ariz., Sheriff'sOffice. The prosecution is being handled by Wallace H. Kleindenst and Mary SueFeldmeier, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Tucson, with theassistance of C.J. Williams, who served as trial attorney with the Departmentof Justice's Criminal Division, Christina M. Cabanillas, Appellate Chief, andBruce Ferg, Assistant U.S. Attorney (Appellate), District of Arizona, Tucson.