The man who went on a shooting rampage in Arizona last year that left six people dead and 13 others wounded, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is due to be sentenced Thursday.
The hearing marks the first chance for victims to confront Jared Lee Loughner in court since his January 2011 attack at a Giffords political event outside a Tucson, Ariz., grocery store.
Prosecutors say some victims will comment before U.S. District Judge Larry Burns sentences Loughner. It wasn’t known whether Giffords or her husband will attend. Three shooting victims have told The Associated Press that they intend to comment at the hearing.
The 24-year-old pleaded guilty three months ago to 19 federal charges under an agreement that guarantees he will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. The deal calls for the dismissal of 30 other charges and a sentence of seven consecutive life terms, followed by 140 years in prison.
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