Gabby Giffords Opposed Death for Shooter

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06:  Retired Congresswoman and co-founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions, Gabby Giffords, speaks at New York Ideas, a conference that brings together leaders from a variety of industries on May 6, 2014 in New York City. New York Ideas is hosted by The Atlantic, The Aspen Institute and New-York Historical Society.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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    Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords sought a reprieve from the death penalty for the man who shot her and killed six in 2011. As revealed in her new book, Giffords reveals that she decided against requesting death for Jared Loughner and chose consecutive life sentences in exchange for a guilty plea. She writes that she changed her stance on capital punishment after seeing dozens of death-row inmates released after being found innocent. “In Loughner’s case, I wanted him to have decades to contemplate what he had done. In my view, spending the rest of his days locked up behind bars was worse punishment than execution,” she writes.

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