PHOENIX — 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.
At the sentencing, a prosecutor said the attacker saw her as the face of the government he hated.
Prosecutor Wallace Kleindienst says Jared Loughner was convinced he had killed Gabrielle Giffords after shooting her in the head. He only later acknowledged after months of treatment that she was alive "and he had failed."
Loughner has been diagnosed as schizophrenic.
In his comments, Giffords' husband Mark Kelly took a swipe at politicians for their vitriolic comments after the shooting.
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