LOS ANGELES- A federal grand jury in Arizona Wednesday indicted Jared Lee Loughner on charges of attempting to assassinate Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords and two of her aides.
"Today's charges are just the beginning of our legal action. We are working diligently to ensure that our investigation is thorough and that justice is done for the victims and their families," US Attorney Dennis K. Burke said in a statement.
"We are in the early stages of this ongoing investigation," Burke said. "We have made considerable progress in a short period of time."
Loughner could receive a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted of shooting Giffords, and up to 20 years if convicted of shooting two of her aides, Ron Barber and Pam Simon.
"This case also involves potential death penalty charges," Burke said.