The man accused of Tucson shooting, which took place last year and resulted in the death of six people and injury to several others including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has announced that he will be pleading guilty to the killings.
The man responsible for the Tucson killings is Jared Lee Loughner. He has been under mental health treatment in a Bureau of Prisons hospital since the Tucson shooting took place. The judge has to be sure that the person submitting the guilty appeal is in sound mental health and therefore it is imperative that the psychiatrists verify that his mental condition is ok before his appeal is accepted.
The federal judge handling the case has scheduled a status hearing in Tucson for this Tuesday and during this hearing the judge will get an update from the doctors about his mental condition. The hearing will then determine whether Loughner is mentally competent to offer the plea. When the plea is put forward, another process will start in which the judge will ask Loughner a series of questions to determine that Loughner is thoroughly aware what forwarding this plea would mean and also that after his plea is accepted, he will lose all his rights to appeal again.
According to sources, if Loughner's guilty plea is accepted, he would require to serve a sentence of life in prison and if he were to stand trial, he can even face death penalty if he is convicted. If the judge accepts the guilty plea, the sentence would be determined later.
The Tucson shooting took place outside a supermarket in Tucson on the 8th of January, 2011, resulting in the death of six people and injury to 12 others. Jared Lee Loughner was said to be fixated on Gabrielle Giffords and planned out this shooting to intentionally harm her. Giffords had to undergo a number of surgeries and rehabilitative treatments just to get her normal life back. Even after such aggressive treatments, Giffords is not fit entirely and has a long way to go to heal properly.