Jared Loughner Pleads Guilty to Arizona Shooting

Victims of 2011 shooting in Tucson will be spared lengthy death penalty trial.
3:00 | 08/07/12

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Today in Tucson courtroom -- community got some measure of closure. Jared Loughner entered a guilty plea today for the January 2011 shooting spree at an Arizona supermarket. Six people were killed and thirteen injured including former congresswoman Gabby -- efforts. -- -- judge ruled that Loughner was competent to stand trial allowing him to enter the guilty plea. Calling the pain and loss from the shootings in Tokyo bowl. Giffords and her husband mark Kelly said avoiding -- trial will allow us and we hope the whole southern Arizona community to continue our recovery. Another victim from that day agreed. I came within a maybe a couple of inches of -- in my life at the Safeway. And that. Kind of experience base with you. Today -- -- attorneys had to persuade the federal judge to allow -- to -- the guilty plea. A psychiatrist who evaluated him testified that he showed signs of depression as early as 2006. He was -- -- -- schizophrenia. And officials at the federal prison have been forcibly model -- him for more than a year. -- psychiatrists -- the treatment seemed to be helping. Loughner told -- he was remorseful for his actions. Especially for what he did to nine year old Christina Taylor Green who was killed in the shooting spree. Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty -- will serve a life sentence in prison. Karen Travers ABC news Washington.

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