Nightly News | November 08, 2012
>>> out west, high drama in a courtroom in arizona, as the man accused of shooting congresswoman gabrielle giffords in the head, wounding a total of 13, killing six others, received his sentence today. he looked the victims in the eyes as how they say they changed their lives. nbc's miguel almaguer in tucson, good evening good evening, miguel.
>> reporter: brian , good evening, jar
>> reporter: brian , good evening, jared lee loughner, now 24, never addressed his victims and showed no emotion as he was sentenced to prison, without the possibility of parole, for life. many addressed him for the first time ever, there was tears, anger, grief, and for some, resolution. one by one.
>> going to be great, we're not going to let him win.
>> reporter: victims like mave stoddard arrived in court. the face the gunman who killed six and wounded 13 gabrielle giffords looked at loughner, and held her husband's hand as mark kelly spoke firmly. you may have put a bullet through her head but you have not put a dent in her spirit. after today, after this moment, here and now, gabby and i are done thinking about you. the victims say this is not closure, but a step forward.
>> i will never forget the horror of that day. the loss of my dear friend, dave zimmerman. the loss and wounding of so many good people.
>> reporter: the courtroom was packed with victim
>> reporter: shot in the face s and their families and leg, ron barber now fills gabrielle giffords 's seat in congress. i hold no hatred for you, now you must live in prison and never see the outside of prison. the january 8th , 2011 congress on your corner shooting left a member of gabrielle giffords 's staff and three others dead and a nine-year-old nine-year-old christina taylor, meeting gabrielle giffords . she said you turned a civics lesson into a nightmare. i want to shake you and scream at you as if that would matter. mave stoddard shook, her husband used his body to shield her from the gunfire. loughner looked blankly toward her while his parents went. stoddard said you took away my life, and reason for living. your family is not to blame. i do not blame them. at the end of the sentencing today, loughner walked past his parents but didn't seem to acknowledge them. the victims stayed in the courtroom exchanging hugs and tears. this ends the federal case against jared lee loughner. and local officials say they will not pursue charges with this resolution. brian ? case