Jared L. Loughner som gikk amok med skytevåpen i Tuscon ifjor, hvor han drepte seks mennesker og såret 13, deriblant Kongressrepresentanten Gabrielle Giffords, har erkjent seg skyldig.
Han gjorde dette for å slippe påstand om dødsstraff. Loughner må sone livstid.
Han er en av en rekke menn som går amok med skytevåpen, uten noen klar påviselig grunn.
Jared L. Loughner pleaded guilty on Tuesday to carrying out a shooting rampage in Tucson last year that left six people dead and 13 others wounded, including Gabrielle Giffords, then a member of the House of Representatives. In exchange, the government has agreed not to seek the death penalty.
In the hearing in Federal District Court, Judge Larry A. Burns also found Mr. Loughner mentally competent to admit to the crimes.
Under the terms of the deal brokered by his defense team and the prosecution, he will spend the rest of his life in prison. The deal also means that victims’ relatives and the shooting’s survivors will not have to endure the prospect of sitting through a lengthy trial of uncertain outcome.