American mass murderer Jared Lee Loughner was found guilty of the crime. After admitting guilt to 19 counts of murder and attempted murder, including the killing of Chief U.S. District Court Judge John Roll and a nine-year-old bystander, he was given a 140-year term in federal prison. His intended victim, U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, escaped with serious wounds and went on to recover fully. Loughner grew raised alone in a supposedly private home, despite having friends. He was lovely and caring as a young man, according to all reports of his past, but when he turned 18 his conduct drastically altered. In addition to developing anti-religious and anti-government beliefs, he started misusing drugs and alcohol. The teachers at the college he was attending at the time started to wonder about his mental health as a result of his actions and manner becoming so unpredictable and strange. He was suspended in October 2010, and the college administration informed him that he couldn’t return unless he had corrected his code of conduct infractions and obtained a mental health certificate. In addition, Loughner had stated his hate for Giffords and held antiquated beliefs about the role of women in politics. Six people were killed and 13 others were hurt in the attack, which has come to be known as the 2011 Tucson Shooting, which happened on January 8 in the morning. Loughner was identified as having paranoid schizophrenia after his incarceration.
Early Childhood & Life
On September 10, 1988, in Tucson, Arizona, Jared Lee Loughner was born to Amy (née Totman) and Randy Loughner. His mother worked for the City Parks Department, while his father was a former fuel truck driver.
The family’s neighbors have referred to them as “reclusive,” and Loughner, who did not have many acquaintances, was described as someone who tended to keep to himself and frequently did not respond to others.
He attended Mountain View High School in Mesa, Arizona, but left in 2006 without receiving a diploma. At least according to those who knew him, this is when his behavior began to change and become more erratic.
Zach Osler, Loughner’s best buddy from school, claimed that after the break-up with his high-school girlfriend, Loughner’s life began to fall apart. He was “kind” and “caring” while they were a couple, according to the alleged girlfriend, Kelsey Hawkes.
The Loughner family was not a contented one. Residents said that they frequently overheard Randy shouting at his son over trivial matters.
Jared was a gifted saxophonist, and music played a significant role in his upbringing. He participated in extracurricular activities and the jazz band at his school.
He worked odd jobs as a young man but never managed to keep any of them. While he was initially an enthusiastic employee, according to his former employer at the sandwich business Quiznos, he had a major personality change as a result of which he became more reclusive and careless at work.
He eventually lost his job. Later, he worked as a volunteer at the Pima Animal Care Shelter, where he was assigned to walk the dogs. However, after a short while, he was ordered not to return.
Loughner’s drinking developed into a problem after his split with Hawkes. Additionally, he started using a variety of narcotics and hallucinogens, including cocaine, psychedelic mushrooms, marijuana, LSD, and Salvia divinorum.
He was taken into custody twice: the first time in 2007 when he was accused of having drug paraphernalia, and the second time in 2008 when he was accused of painting a stylized CX—which he claimed to be a Christian symbol—on a street sign in Marana, Arizona. The latter charges were withdrawn in March 2009 when he finished a division program. After failing a drug test in December 2008, Loughner was denied the opportunity to join the US Army.
Jared’s University Years
Through a program that assisted high school dropouts in making a successful transfer to community colleges, Jared Lee Loughner enrolled at the Pima Community College. Midway through 2010, he started taking algebra classes. But his coy demeanor and offensive words soon made his classmates and teachers cautious.
He was subsequently suspended by the college administration, and the campus police notified his parents. On October 4, Loughner’s parents were notified that he would need to get a mental health clearance and fix his code of conduct issues before he could go back. He would never return to college and would never submit his mental health evaluation.
His actions also alarmed his parents. They used to disable his car at one point each night so he would stay at home. They also urged him to seek expert assistance. On one occasion, his father took his shotgun away. He also developed a new fixation on managing his lucid dreams.
Jared’s political stances
Records show that in 2006 and 2008, Jared Lee Loughner registered as an independent. In response to claims that Loughner’s actions were motivated by his hate of the partisan political discourse in the media, Osler told ABC News that Loughner didn’t watch TV and didn’t enjoy the news. He wasn’t on the left or the right; he avoided political radio and avoided taking sides.
But before his abrupt turn, Caitie Parker, one of his high school and college classmates, described him as “Left-wing, pretty liberal.” The Guardian described him as “exclusively conservative and anti-government” after reviewing his internet writings and videos.
He actively participated in conspiracy theory conversations on the message board Above Top Secret, where he backed outlandish ideas such as the New World Order and the 9/11 attacks. He also believed that the world will end in 2012 and was a supporter of the conspiracy. He loved the web documentary series “Zeitgeist,” which had a big influence on the way he thought about the world’s money.
He has been dubbed an “anti-theist” by friends. On his application for the US Army, he omitted to mention his religion. No, I don’t trust in God! he said in one of his films titled “Final Thoughts,” referring to the national motto of the United States that is printed on both paper and metallic currency.
For a very long time, Loughner had been critical of Giffords. He frequently called her “fake” and even held the opinion that women shouldn’t work in politics. After going to her event on August 25, 2007, where he asked her a question, his disdain for her only grew.
His dissatisfaction with her response led him to keep the event’s boilerplate letter, along with an envelope bearing the writing “death bitch” and “assassination plans have been established,” in a box.
The Tucson Shooting in 2011
Loughner purchased a 9mm Glock pistol from a Tucson Sportsman Warehouse store on November 30, 2010. On the morning of January 8, 2011, he bought ammo at a Walmart location on Tucson’s North Cortaro Road. He was stopped for running a red light at 7:34 in the morning by Arizona Game and Fish Department officer Alen Edward Forney, but he was released after learning that Loughner had no active warrants against him.
When Giffords was presenting the first Congress on Your Corner event of the year at the Casas Adobes Safeway grocery, he eventually got out of his car and took a taxi there. At 10:10 MST, he started shooting at her, also hitting several onlookers.
John Roll, Chief U.S. District Court Judge, Gabe Zimmerman, a member of Giffords’ staff, and Christina-Taylor Green, nine, were among those killed. Despite being shot in the head, Giffords was able to survive thanks to one of her interns, Daniel Hernández Jr.
Arraignment, Trial, and Sentence
Bystanders managed to capture Jared Lee Loughner, who was then turned over to the authorities. In the end, he was charged with 50 federal criminal offenses, including murdering federal employees and attempting to assassinate a member of Congress. He was given a sentence of 140 years in jail without the possibility of parole on November 8, 2012, after pleading guilty to 19 of them in order to avoid a death sentence.
Estimated Net Worth
Jared is one of the wealthiest and most well-liked politicians. Jared Lee Loughner’s net worth is roughly $1.5 million, according to our analysis of data from sources like Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.