Jared Lee Loughner pleads guilty to going on deadly shooting rampage

Jared Lee Loughner agreed Tuesday to spend the rest of…

Jared Lee Loughner agreed Tuesday to spend the rest of his life in prison, accepting that he went on a deadly shooting rampage at an Arizona political gathering and sparing the victims a lengthy, possibly traumatic death-penalty trial.

His plea came soon after a federal judge found that months of psychiatric treatment for schizophrenia made Loughner able to understand charges that he killed six people and wounded 13 others, including his intended target, then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

His hair closely cropped, Loughner was not the smiling, baldheaded suspect captured in a mugshot soon after the January 2011 shooting.

Wearing khakis, Loughner sat quietly throughout the hearing and smiled at one point when a psychologist testifying about his competence remarked that he had bonded with one of the federal prison guards.

Read more at The Washington Post

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