(11-08-2012 05:13 PM)sandnsea Wrote: I'm against the death penalty anyway - but curious as to why it wasn't asked for in this case.
Here's an answer:
As part of a plea deal with the government, Loughner, 24, pleaded guilty in August to 19 charges in exchange for the sentence to avoid facing the death penalty.
Loughner had been facing more than 50 federal charges, and the remaining offenses were dropped in exchange for the guilty pleas if Loughner is sentenced within the terms of the plea agreement, according to a written agreement filed in court.
Prosecutors agreed to the plea deal after taking into account Loughner's history of mental illness and the views of victims and their families. The judge in August ruled Loughner competent to stand trial.
Kelly said after the plea deal that he and his wife were satisfied with the agreement.