NewsNation | November 08, 2012
>>> news out of arizona. gabby giffords face to face with the man that shot her in the head during a shooting rampage that left 16 dead and many wounds. many addressed him during the sentencing hearing today including suzy holman who was shot three times as she tried in vain to protect her 9-year-old neighbor who she said she brought to the event that day for a civics lesson. christina taylor green did not survive. she looked direct at at loughner and said, quote, i wanted to shake you and scream at you as if that would matter. i will walk out of my courtroom with my life and not think of you again. loughner is being sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole as part plea deal th at spares him from the death penalty . jack chestnut is in tennessee. jack, we know that congresswoman giffords' husband has addressed the court as well. what did he say?
>> reporter: tamron, it was extremely emotional in that courtroom, as you can imagine. gabby giffords still has trouble walking. her astronaut husband, mark kelly , and gabby approached the podium slowly and kelly did the talking. he looked directly at loughner and the first thing he said, and if you pull up the graphic it's stunning. gabby would trade her own life to save any of those you savagely murdered that day. you may have put a bullet through her head, but you have not put a dent in her spirit or commitment. kelly also at one moment said to loughner, pay attention . he also talked about the physical damage that has come being as a result a loughner's attack on his wife. and he said if we could show that second quote. she struggles to deliver each and every sentence. gabby strugs to walk. her right arm is paralyzed. she is partially blind. you have decades upon decades to contemplate what you did. after today gabby and i are done thinking about you. so with that, the couple sat down. miss giffords left the courtroom briefly and then returned, and the proceedings are still under way, tamron. other victims, as you mentioned, spoke directly to loughner and told him of their sorrow and the losses to the community.
>> jack, what was his demeanor? you mentioned mark kelly said to him listen and look up. what was his demeanor during that time?
>> well, he looked directly from the reports i've had from people in the courtroom he looked directly at those addressing him. he has not had -- he has not taken advantage of the opportunity himself to address the court. he simply acknowledged when the judge asked him if he was aware of the proceedings and that he was going to be sentenced today for this terrible crime. but he did not have any communications with these witnesses -- these victims at all. he did pay attention and look at them and had a brief conversation with one attorney at one pointment it's still under way inside, and very difficult day in what appears to be the last chapter on this saga in tucson regarding jared loughner.
>> i'm curious from the reaction of the people regarding this plea deal that spares him from getting the death penalty . have you heard any reaction outside of the courtroom on that?
>> reporter: not so much outside the courtroom, but many of these folks attended his pleading back in august when he agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a lifetime in federal prison without parole. many, many people who spoke at that time and who we have spoken to since then say that they are satisfied with this particular deal so that loughner is behind bars for the rest of his life without any possibility of parole. across the board the reaction seems to be he's in a good place for him. he'll be safe. the community will be safe from him.
>> all right. jack, thank you very much for the breaking new details in this story. thank you.