The man who pleaded guilty to a deadly Arizona shooting rampage is watching and listening as victims speak, showing little emotion or reaction.
Jared Loughner is being sentenced to life in prison for killing six people and wounding many more, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Mark Kelly, Giffords' husband, spoke on her behalf, with her standing at his side.
Giffords and Kelly turned to face Loughner so they are eye to eye with him, though they are separated by about 20 feet.
Loughner's mother is in the courtroom sobbing.
Update 12:15 pm
The husband of Gabrielle Giffords is speaking to the man who shot her, as she stands by his side. Former astronaut Mark Kelly spoke directly to Jared Loughner, saying he changed his wife's life forever but couldn't dent her spirit.
It was the first time Giffords came face-to-face with Loughner. She did not speak.
Giffords and Kelly walked slowly to the podium, the former congresswoman appearing to struggle with her steps. Loughner shot Giffords and 17 others in the attack, killing six.
As part of a plea agreement, he is being sentenced to life in prison.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ A woman who was shot three times by a gunman at an Arizona political event for then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has scolded the suspect, staring him down in court while visibly shaking. Susan Hileman was shot three times when Jared Lee Loughner killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Giffords, in a January 2011 shooting rampage outside a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz.
Hileman was among his victims testifying Thursday at a sentencing hearing where he is expected to get life in prison.
Hileman kept glancing back at Loughner as she spoke to the court, and he looked at her. Loughner's parents had their heads down as Hileman said Loughner's parents, college and community had failed Loughner.
Loughner's mother Amy could be seen wiping her eyes.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ The man who pleaded guilty to a deadly Arizona shooting rampage that also wounded former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others has declined to speak at his sentencing.
Jared Lee Loughner has told a judge in Tucson, Ariz., that he will not be speaking at a hearing Thursday where the 24-year-old is expected to be sentenced to life in prison. Loughner wore dress pants and a dark brown shirt with a tie, and drank from a foam cup, as he awaited statements from victims of the January 2011 attack. Giffords and her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, were in attendance as were Loughner's parents. Loughner had pleaded guilty to 19 federal charges under a plea agreement.
(AP) Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, will be in federal court for the sentencing of Jared Loughner, the man who shot her in the head at an outdoor event to meet constituents in January 2011 in Tucson.
Giffords and Kelly will be in court Thursday, and Kelly will make a statement.
The hearing is the first chance for victims to confront Loughner in court.
Loughner, who is now 24, pleaded guilty three months ago to 19 federal charges under an agreement that guarantees he will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. The deal calls for the dismissal of 30 other charges and a sentence of seven consecutive life terms, followed by 140 years in prison.
Loughner was diagnosed schizophrenic and underwent forcible drug treatments. He has been declared competent to be sentenced.
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