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In her first face-to-face confrontation with the man who shot her in the head at close range and killed six others in an Arizona shooting rampage last year, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords locked eyes with Jared Lee Loughner in an intense courtroom scene Thursday.
Loughner, 24, was sentenced to life in prison after killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, and leaving 13 wounded in a parking lot attack in Tucson during a political rally on Jan. 8, 2011. Giffords, who struggles to walk and has been left partially blind with a paralyzed right arm, stared intently at Loughner while holding hands with her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, as he read an emotional statement to Loughner.
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