Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly will confront the man who put a bullet through her brain at his sentencing Thursday for a shooting rampage that left six people dead in Tucson, Ariz., in January 2011, a source close to the family confirmed.

Mass murderer Jared Lee Loughner struck a plea bargain with federal prosecutors in August that will spare his life, but is designed to ensure that he spends the rest of it behind bars.

Giffords and Kelly will be in the courtroom for his sentencing at 10 a.m. Thursday, and Kelly plans to address Loughner on their behalf, the source said.

At the time of the plea deal with federal prosecutors, Kelly released a statement for himself and Giffords that said they were “satisfied” with the Justice Department’s decision to accept the agreement rather than pursuing the death penalty. A long trial could have forced the surviving victims, their families and the families of the dead to relive the horrific shooting spree

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