“You tried to create for all of us a world as dark
 and evil as your own.

 But know this, and remember it always: You failed.”

Today Jared Lee Loughner was sentenced to seven life terms plus 140 years in prison for killing six Tucsonans, attempting to assassinate a congressional representative, and injuring and endangering numerous others.

There could have been a painful and protracted death penalty trial–painful especially for those of us whom Giffords once represented–and that there wasn’t is in large part because of this: the victims’ families made clear that wasn’t what they wanted. So instead, a guilty plea agreement that assures Loughner will spend the rest of his days in prison was reached.

It’s enough. And now it’s done.

I feel as if in seeking justice instead of vengeance, these families have given all of us in Southern Arizona a tremendous and healing gift, and I’m grateful for it.

Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords were among those who addressed Loughner at the sentencing today. You can read Kelly’s comments here.

Janni Lee Simner

About Janni Lee Simner

Janni Lee Simner is the author of the post-apocalyptic Bones of Faerie trilogy and the contemporary fantasy Thief Eyes, as well as four books for younger children, more than 30 short stories, and the script for the video game The Huntsman: Winter’s Curse. Check out her Writing Life Series for practical tools to hone your writing craft and unlock your creative power or join her email list for ongoing updates here.
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