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    Giffords Faces Shooter at Sentencing

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    Former U.S. representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, came face-to-face on Thursday with Jared Lee Loughner, the man who shot her in the head during a deadly rampage that killed six and wounded a dozen others. Loughner received a sentence of seven life terms in prison. Kelly addressed the court on Giffords's behalf. “You tried to create a world as dark and evil as your own,” Kelly said. “Remember this: you failed.” Loughner pleaded guilty to the attack, sparing himself the death penalty. In the race for Giffords’s former House seat, her hand-picked successor trailed his Republican challenger by several hundred votes on Wednesday, although a final result had not yet been announced.

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