Potential plea deal for Jared Lee Loughner
Could give him life sentence for Gabby Giffords shooting
A possible plea deal in the deadly Tucson shootings that wounded then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords would send Jared Lee Loughner to prison for the rest of his life, a person familiar with the case said.
A court-appointed psychiatrist will testify Tuesday that Loughner is competent to enter a plea in the shooting rampage that killed six people and injured 13, including Giffords.
A status conference in the federal case had already been scheduled for Tuesday in Tucson, Ariz.
The person, speaking about upcoming events in the case, said the plan is for Loughner to enter a guilty plea in the murders and attempted murders. The plan is contingent on the judge in the case allowing Loughner to enter the plea.
Bill Solomon, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office, said Saturday he could not comment on Loughner’s case and the possibility of a guilty plea.
The Pima County attorney’s office, which has said it could also pursue state prosecution of Loughner, declined to comment, said spokeswoman Isabel BurruelSmutzer.
Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 federal charges stemming from the Jan. 8, 2011, outside a Tucson supermarket where Giffords was holding a meet-and-greet with constituents.