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PHOENIX (AP) - Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords hugged her husband after a judge sentenced the man who shot her and killed six people to life in prison.

Jared Loughner showed little response to the sentence, which he'd agreed to in a deal that kept him from a federal death sentence. He watched people and appeared to be paying attention. He wore dress pants and a dark brown shirt with a tie.

Loughner's mother sobbed during the hearing. U.S. marshals escorted the parents from the courtroom after the sentencing.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

At the sentencing of the man who shot an Arizona congresswoman in a rampage that killed six, a prosecutor said the attacker saw her as the face of the government he hated.

Prosecutor Wallace Kleindienst says Jared Loughner was convinced he had killed Gabrielle Giffords after shooting her in the head. He only later acknowledged after months of treatment that she was alive "and he had failed."

Loughner has been diagnosed as schizophrenic.

In his comments, Giffords' husband Mark Kelly took a swipe at politicians for their vitriolic comments after the shooting.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

The man who pleaded guilty to a deadly Arizona shooting rampage is watching and listening as victims speak, showing little emotion or reaction.

Jared Loughner is being sentenced to life in prison for killing six people and wounding many more, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Mark Kelly, Giffords' husband, spoke on her behalf, with her standing at his side.

Giffords and Kelly turned to face Loughner so they are eye to eye with him, though they are separated by about 20 feet.

Loughner's mother is in the courtroom sobbing.


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