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U.S. Attorney’s Office statement on Loughner sentencing

After Jared Loughner was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office released the following statement.

It has not been altered in any way.

“Today’s sentence – life in prison without the possibility of release – means Jared Loughner will never again be free to hurt or menace the American public,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “For the victims, their families, and the larger community impacted by this tragic event in our nation’s history, it is my sincere hope that this conclusion will help in their journey toward physical and emotional recovery. I want to express my gratitude to the many prosecutors and agents who worked on this matter for their outstanding service to our country and dedication to seeing justice prevail.”

“We believe that Jared Loughner received the most appropriate sentence today and that justice has been done,” said U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo. “Today’s sentence insures that Mr. Loughner will spend the rest of his life in prison and will never be in a position to harm others again. It is our hope that the conclusion of this case will finally bring some level of closure to the victims of this tragic event, to their families, and to the community at large.”

“Today’s sentencing of Jared Loughner, marks the end of the legal phase of this tragedy, but the victims and their families will forever be affected by the events of January 8, 2011. We will never forget those who lost their lives during that senseless tragedy,” stated FBI Special Agent in Charge James L. Turgal Jr., Phoenix Division. “I would like to thank the United States Attorney’s Office for their pursuit of justice in acquiring an appropriate sentence and the Pima County Sheriff’s Office for working side-by-side with us on every aspect of the investigation. I would also like to thank all of our federal, state and local law enforcement partners for their tireless efforts in this case. These partnerships enabled the FBI to have a coordinated response which resulted in a comprehensive and thorough investigation—all which has led up to today’s sentencing.”