Jared Lee Loughner, the 23-year-old accused of killing six people at a political gathering in Tucson, Ariz., last year, pleaded guilty on Tuesday. The shooting also left 13 others, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, wounded. Loughner accepted a plea deal that spared him the death penalty, but would send him to prison for the rest of his life, without the possibility of parole. A court-appointed psychiatrist testified that Loughner, a diagnosed schizophrenic, was competent to enter the plea, after months of forcibly being given medication. In a statement, Giffords, who is still recuperating from a gunshot wound to the head, said, "Avoiding a trial will allow us — and we hope the whole Southern Arizona community — to continue with our recovery."
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