That’s the sentence for Jared Loughner in a Tucson courtroom today. I guess that pretty much seals it for him, well, until someone decides that the gun should be punished instead. From Fox 10, the victims had their say;
Patricia Maisch, who helped tackle Loughner on Jan. 8, was the first to speak in court. “That beautiful day our mental health system failed us. For six that failure was devastating and unimaginable,” Maisch said.
Suzi Hileman addressed the court saying, “I will now walk out of this courtroom, and I will never think of you again.” She looked directly at Loughner, who sat still looking at her and listening.
Mavanell Stoddard, whose husband was killed in the shooting said, “You took my precious husband and ruined my whole life. He died saving me.” Her husband died trying to shield her from the gunfire. She said she hoped Loughner could can find Jesus, “I forgive you. I don’t hate you. I hate the act you performed.”
Congressman Ron Barber, injured in the shooting, said, “We saw the courage of strangers coming to our aid. We saw great kindness as we began our healing. Now you must pay the price.”
Giffords and Kelly addressed Loughner together. Giffords stood next to her husband as he read a strongly worded statement. Kelly said, “For the first and last time, you’re going to hear from Gabby and me…Pay attention.”
Kelly said to Loughner, “You tried to bring us into your dark, evil world. But know this, you failed.”
“You may have put her bullet through her head, but you did not put a dent in her spirit,” he said.
No word from Sheriff Dupnik, whose reputation took a hit that day that still hasn’t recovered. Although it looks like he salvaged his office in this election. We, the other victims, still haven’t heard from Linda Lopez who speculated that Loughner was an Afghanistan veteran.