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Criminal Justice

Man Who Shot Rep. Giffords, Killed Chief Judge Roll & 5 Others Is Sentenced to Life in Prison

Nov 8, 2012, 07:56 pm CST


I hope the Pima County prosecutors go after him. When people like this are let off from the appropriate death penalty, who, then, can appropriately be condemned? It is hard to imagine a defendant more deserving of a terminal sentence than one who randomly guns down complete strangers just for the hell of it.

By B. McLeod on 2012 11 09, 1:15 am CST

Without diminishing the suffering of the victims' families, Jared Loughner showed no emotion because he is mentally ill. His family spoke about their attempts for years to get him help, and their being constantly rebuffed. He was a danger to himself and others, yet they were unable to obtain appropriate treatment for him. It would have been better to help him then than lock him up now, with five people dead and Gabrielle Giffords severely wounded. Until we do a better job identifying and treating the mentally ill, things like this are going to happen again and again.

By Jane on 2012 11 09, 3:41 pm CST

@1: You're right. No one deserves the death penalty. Save the State some money and let him wither in prison.

@2: You're right too, Loughner clearly suffers from mental illness. But I do hate when the media makes hay out of whether someone "shows emotion" when receiving a harsh sentence or any other kind of bad news. People process grief and tragedy very differently. Loughner will probably have a good cry at some point in the future, to say he showed no emotion in court is not to say he has no emotions at all.

By Defense Attorney on 2012 11 09, 4:37 pm CST

Jane, I'm sure they could have found appropriate treatment for him. An old Lee-Enfield .303 would do fine, and there must still be a bunch of those around, surplused.

By B. McLeod on 2012 11 10, 1:21 am CST

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