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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to going on a shooting rampage at a political gathering, killing six people and wounding 13 others, including his intended target, then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
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.
Loughner faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Experts had concluded that Loughner suffers from schizophrenia, and officials at the Springfield Federal Medical Center have forcibly medicated him with psychotropic drugs for more than a year.
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