Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty on Tuesday, as expected, to killing six people and wounding 13 others, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting spree at a grocery store just outside of Tucson, Ariz.
Loughner's plea, coming after a federal judge ruled that he was competent to stand trial, means he will not get the death penalty. He now faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
On Tuesday, Judge Larry A. Burns asked Loughner—who has been treated for schizophrenia since the shooting—if he understood the charges against him.
"Yes, I understand," Loughner replied.
According to the Associated Press, officials at a federal prison have forcibly medicated Loughner with psychotropic drugs for more than a year, leading the judge to conclude he was mentally fit to enter a plea.
In a statement, Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, said the couple is satisfied with the plea deal.
interesting...forced meds for over a year and he is found competent. not that i really care, as long as he never sees free society again....