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Nov 8, 2012 12:49 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Jan. 8 victims react to Loughner sentencing

TUCSON - Jared Loughner, the confessed January 8 shooter, will be sentenced Thursday morning.

He will get life without parole and not face the death penalty.

Bill Badger was shot that day and helped hold Loughner until deputies arrived.

"We were all pleased when the shooter pleaded guilty," Badger said, "and we did not have to go through a long trial."

He has seen Loughner in other court proceedings.

"You're angry the first time you see him," Badger said, "but you calm down a little bit."

Badger had a stroke last this summer.

"I think the stroke was caused by the stress that I've been through since this happened," he said. "I hope that I can start to relax."

Pat Maisch stopped Loughner from loading another magazine after his gun was empty. She has not seen Loughner since the tragedy. She will be in the courtroom Thursday.

"I don't know how I'll react," She said. "I'm planning on speaking. I might change my mind, but I really do have some things I want to say to the judge and to him."

Maisch did not want to say what she planned to tell the courtroom.

"It gives you a new perspective on the important things in life," she said, "and it can't help but change you and hopefully for the better."

Maisch and Badger hope the shooting will inspire politicians to create better gun laws and mental health services.

People have given $1.6 million to January 8 related charities since the shooting, according to Maisch. She hopes that number keeps growing.

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