Gabby Giffords’ shooter gets life in prison

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TUCSON, AZ – It’s been nearly two years since former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords’ life changed forever.

But she’ll mark this day as one of the most important in her long, hard road to recovery.

The man responsible for killing six people and wounding a dozen others–Jared Loughner –faced his victims, including Giffords, in court.

Giffords’ husband–retired astronaut Mark Kelly–spoke on his wife’s behalf: “You have decades upon decades to contemplate what you did. But after today, after this moment, Gabby and I are done thinking about you.”

Loughner’s guilty plea to 19 federal charges guarantees he will spend the rest of his life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

Loughner has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia, and it wasn’t until a few months ago a judge finally decided he could understand the charges against him.

Many of his victims are satisfied with the plea deal and hope to finally close this dark, painful chapter in their lives.

It’s still unclear where Loughner will spend the rest of his life.

Due to his mental illness, he could be sent to a prison medical facility.

Or, he could wind up in federal lockup in Colorado, alongside some of the country’s most notorious criminals–Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols and ‘Unabomber’ Ted Kaczynski.

Most importantly–he`ll never have another chance at freedom.

But thanks to her hard work and determination, Gabby Giffords gets another chance at life.