Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged gunman in last year’s mass shooting outside an Arizona supermarket in Tucson that killed six persons and wounded then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, pleaded guilty Tuesday to 19 charges in exchange for the government not seeking the death penalty.
Loughner faces multiple life sentences in prison under the plea deal, and he also waived his right to pursue an insanity defense.
Earlier Tuesday, Judge Larry Alan Burns found Loughner competent to stand trial in a federal court in Tucson.
Walking with a bit of a slouch, Loughner cast a sneer at the packed gallery when he entered the courtroom.
The January 8, 2011, attack killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Giffords, who was holding a meet-and-greet event with constituents. Among those killed was Arizona’s chief federal judge, John Roll.