TUCSON, Ariz. — Jared Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing six people and wounding 13, including then-congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona last year.
The plea means Loughner will avoid the death penalty in the mass shooting that targeted Giffords. A federal judge had found that Loughner was mentally unfit to stand trial. However the judge ruled Tuesday that months of forcibly medicating him to treat his schizophrenia made him competent to understand the charges against him and help in his own defense.
Loughner is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without parole.