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Little reaction from Arizona shooter to life sentence

PHOENIX (AP) -- Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords hugged her husband after a judge sentenced the man who shot her and killed six people to life in prison.

Jared Loughner showed little response to the sentence, which he'd agreed to in a deal that kept him from a federal death sentence. He watched people and appeared to be paying attention. He wore dress pants and a dark brown shirt with a tie.

Loughner's mother sobbed during the hearing. U.S. marshals escorted the parents from the courtroom after the sentencing.

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- 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.

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TUCSON (WXOW) -- The man who shot former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will be sentenced on Thursday.

Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, will be in federal court for the sentencing of Jared Loughner. Giffords was shot in the head, during an outdoor event to meet constituents in January 2011 in Tucson.

After the hearing, Kelly is expected to make a statement. This will mark the first chance for victims, including Giffords, to confront Loughner in court.

Loughner is now 24 years old. He 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.

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