AP source: Loughner could get life in Tucson shooting that killed 6, wounded 13

AP source: Loughner could get life in Tucson shooting that killed 6, wounded 13

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FILE - This combination image of three file photos shows Jared Lee Loughner, the gunman accused of trying to assassinate Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing six others. From left to right Loughner is seen at the Tucson Festival of Books in a March 2010 photo by Mamta Popat of the Arizona Daily Star, in an undated photo obtained from MySpace, and in another undated photo released by the Pima County Sheriff's Office to the The Arizona Republic. Loughner was not on any government watch list before the shooting. (AP Photo/Files) MANDATORY CREDIT. NO MAGAZINES. NO SALES.

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

(AP) -- A person familiar with the Jared Lee Loughner case says a court-appointed psychiatrist will testify Tuesday that Loughner is competent to enter a plea in the murders and attempted murders including the wounding of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity about upcoming events in the criminal case, says the plan is for Loughner to enter a guilty plea that would result in a sentence of life imprisonment. The source was not authorized to discuss the case publicly

The plan is contingent on the judge in the case allowing Loughner to enter the plea.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges stemming from the January 2011 shooting in Tucson that killed six people and wounded Giffords and 12 others.

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