Jared Loughner, the 24-year-old man who plead guilty to killing six people and wounding 13 others during a shooting spree at a congressional meet-and-greet, will be sentenced shortly.
Gabrielle Giffords, the former congresswoman from Tucson, Arizona, who was shot in the head, is present at the hearing going on now in a U.S. District Court.
With his plea deal, Loughner will avoid the death penalty. The Arizona Republic reports that Loughner is expected to be sentenced to life.
The paper adds:
"Thursday, Loughner, now 24, will be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tucson. Under terms of the plea agreement hammered out by prosecutors and defense attorneys in August, Loughner will spend the rest of his life in prison, and given his fragile mental state, most likely in a federal prison psychiatric ward.
"Neither prosecutors nor defense attorneys are forthcoming with the details of the hearing, nor with the case in general."