"Gabbie and I are done thinking about you," said Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, at the sentencing of her shooter, Jared Loughner.
Loughner opened fire at Giffords' town hall being held at a Safeway in January of 2011, killing six people and wounding 13 others, including Giffords, who is still recovering.
For this heinous crime, Judge Larry Burns sentenced Loughner to seven consecutive life terms in prison plus 140 years. There is no chance for parole.
"He should never get out of prison. I find this is just punishment. He
will never have the opportunity to pick up a gun and do this again," said Burns, who also explained that six of the life sentences represented the six people Loughner killed that day.
Despite Loughner's mental illness, Mr. Kelly wanted to make one thing clear to the 24-year old: he is guilty. "Though you are mentally ill, you are responsible for the death and hurt
you inflicted upon all of us on January 8th of last year. You know this.
Gabby and I know this.
Everyone in this courtroom knows this," said Kelly in his prepared remarks, a copy of which I've included AFTER THE JUMP.
Today was the first time victims were able to directly confront Loughner. One of the victims, Rep. Ron Barber, shot in the leg that day and later elected to replace the injured Giffords, told Loughner's parents, "I and my family hold no animosity toward you."
He went on to address Loughner himself, "Finally to you, Mr. Loughner. I hold no hatred for you, but I
am very angry and sick at heart about what you have done, and the hurt
you have caused all of us. You now must bear this burden
and never again see the outside of a prison."