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Giffords faces Ariz. shooter for 1st time in court

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By Brian Skoloff and Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- The husband of Gabrielle Giffords says that his wife initially didn't want to attend the sentencing of the man who tried to kill her, but decided about a month ago to do it for a sense of resolution.

Former astronaut Mark Kelly tells NBC's "Today" show that he felt Jared Loughner was definitely listening to him when he addressed him in the courtroom. Giffords didn't speak, but Kelly says she and Loughner had "quite the staring contest." He described it as being "pretty intense" to sit just 30 feet away from Loughner.

Loughner was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the January 2011 attack that left six people dead and Giffords and others wounded.

Kelly spoke on his wife's behalf during the sentencing, as Giffords stood by his side. He told Loughner that he changed his wife's life forever but couldn't dent her spirit.

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