Gun Control

Guilty Plea for Loughner

The shooter's plea spares him the death penalty


Jared Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to going on a shooting rampage at a political gathering in Arizona last year, killing six people and wounding former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Mr. Loughner's plea spares him the death penalty and came soon after a federal judge found that months of forcibly medicating him to treat his schizophrenia had made the 23-year-old competent to understand the gravity of the charges and assist in his defense.