Jared Loughner, the 23-year-old man accused of the 2011 shooting that killed six and wounded thirteen people in Tucson, Arizona, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, reports USA Today.
Loughner is expected to get life in prison with no chance of parole under the plea deal. Without the plea deal, Loughner could have faced the death penalty.
Prosecutors were concerned that Loughner’s mental state could make a guilty verdict less likely in a trial, so they agreed to the plea deal.
After months of delays, the judge decided that medication had treated Loughner’s schizophrenia to the point that he was competent.
Fomer Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, said they were satisfied with the deal.
Kelly said: "The pain and loss caused by the events of Jan. 8, 2011, are incalculable. Avoiding a trial will allow us, and we hope the whole Southern Arizona community, to continue with our recovery and moved forward with our lives.”