Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty in Arizona on Tuesday to last year's attack that killed six bystanders and wounded 13 other people, including his main target, then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. From Associated Press:
Loughner's plea spares him the death penalty and came soon after a federal judge found that months of forcibly medicating him to treat his schizophrenia had made the 23-year-old college dropout competent.
At one point, Judge Larry A. Burns asked Loughner if he understood the charges against him and what the government would need to convict him.
"Yes, I understand," Loughner replied....
Loughner faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.