Arizona shooter pleads guilty

Jared Lee Loughner plead guilty on Tuesday to killing six and wounding 13 people, including Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, at a political meeting in January of 2011, the Associated Press reports.

Loughner was declared mentally fit to stand trial after months of being forcibly medicated to treat his schizophrenia. His guilty plea will mean life in prison, but Loughner will be spared the death penalty.

In a statement released with husband Mark Kelly, Giffords, who resigned from Congress in January, 2012 to focus on her recovery, says she is pleased with the plea deal and said that avoiding a trial will allow victims to “continue with our recovery.”

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