Gifford's shooter sentenced to life in prison without parole

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Jared Loughner, the Arizona man who pleaded guilty for the January shooting rampage and attempted assignation of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, has been sentenced to life in prison, news sources report.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns sentenced 24-year-old Loughner on Thursday to seven consecutive life terms in prison, plus 140 years, without the possibility of parole, CNN reports.

"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," Burns said, CNN reports.

The January shooting at a meet-and-greet in Tuscon left six people dead and 13 others wounded, including Giffords, NBC reports.

The hearing was the first time the victims could confront Loughner in court about the shooting. Gifford's husband spoke on her behalf, saying "Loughner changed his wife's life forever but couldn't dent her spirit", NBS reports.

It's still unclear where Loughner will be sent to serve his sentence. The placement will be contingent on the nature of his mental illness and its treatment, news sources report.

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