Almost two years after Jared Lee Loughner shot former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head, she faced him at his sentencing Thursday in a Tuscon federal courtroom.
She didn't speak. But her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke for her.
"Her life has been forever changed," Kelly said to Loughner, according to the Associated Press. "Plans she had for our family and her career have been immeasurably altered. Every day is a continuous struggle to do those things she once was so good at.”
After court-orderd psychiatric treatment for schizophrenia, Loughner pleaded guilty to 19 federal charges in the January 2011 shooting rampage that killed six and injured 13. The plea deal spared victims a painful trial.
Loughner reportedly did not look at Giffords as her husband spoke.
Kelly told him to “pay attention” as he and Giffords addressed him “for the first and last time.”
“Mr. Loughner, you may have put a bullet through her head but you haven't put a dent in her spirit and her commitment to make the world a better place,” Kelly said, according to media reports.