Loughner expected to enter a guilty pleaPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- It's what many are calling a bombshell development in the case of suspected Tucson shooter Jared Loughner.
“A judge will determine he's competent to stand trial and therefore competent to enter a guilty plea,” commented local criminal defense attorney Jason Lamm, who has been following Loughner’s court activity this past year.
“The 9th circuit court of appeals looked at this case quite seriously during Loughner's case and when doctors reported that his condition got so much worse without the medication they gave doctors the green light to medicate Loughner involuntary," Lamm added.
Loughner is accused of shooting and killing six people and injuring several others in a grocery store parking lot in January of 2011. One of those injured was former Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford.
“The only people for whom charges have been filed at this point are Gabrielle Giffords, the federal judge, and Congresswoman Gifford's staff, because those are all federally related activities that were involved in at the time of the shooting,” said Lamm.
The Associated Press is reporting Loughner will enter a guilty plea later this week. In return, Loughner will get life in prison instead of the death penalty.
“Loughner will likely be housed in Florence, Colorado. It's a facility called ADMAX, a formal warden called it a cleaner version of hell. It's a very solitary involvement, prisoners have no contact with the outside world and these are individuals who have a high risk to the community,” said Lamm.
As Lamm mentioned, Loughner is only facing federal charges right now. He believes Pima County will also charge him with murder and a slew of other charges in order to bring some kind of closure for the other victim's families. Lamm believes Pima County will trade a guilty plea for another life sentence.