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Paul Ciancia, LAX Gunman Who Targeted TSA Officers, Sentenced to Life in Prison

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The gunman whose 2013 rampage at Los Angeles International Airport left a Transportation Security Administration officer dead and three others injured was sentenced Monday to life in prison for the premeditated, deadly attack in which he targeted federal officers.


Suspected LAX shooter Paul Ciancia seen in a DMV photo. (Credit: FBI)

Paul Ciancia, 26, had pleaded guilty to murder and other charges earlier this year as part of a deal that saw federal prosecutors withdraw their decision to seek the death penalty for the shootings at the airport’s bustling Terminal 3.

At Monday’s hearing, Ciancia spoke unapologetically about the violence, saying he wanting to commit suicide but only after spending the remainder of his life savings. Doing little more than watching news programs on TV, he said, he became interested in the debate over gun control and concluded, “I need to get a gun.”

He referenced being previously harassed by Los Angeles police but gave no specifics, and he indicated that the harassment led him on a path toward violence.

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