Posted by | January 13, 2011 15:16 | Filed under: Top Stories

Ashley Figueroa, a former girlfriend of Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner, paints a different picture of him than has thus far been presented. Appearing on FOX News, she said he often ranted against “the government” and is likely faking insanity to get a lighter sentence. (h/t Mediaite)

Ashley Figueroa spoke briefly about Loughner’s (Former? Current? Is it even a factor in his crime?) drug use, sharing that he had smoked marijuana and took hallucinogenic mushrooms. She also shared that he had a strained relationship with his parents, who evidently did not want her visiting their home. In fact, she believes his problems stem from his difficult relationship to his parents.

But perhaps the bit of information that will cause the biggest stir is her revelation that she doesn’t believe Loughner is mentally ill, as some in the media have begun to suggest. Instead, Figueroa believes that her ex-boyfriend is “faking” being insane in order to avoid prison time. The question, then, is whether her statement – and those of other people who profess to know Loughner – will have any impact on his trial. Additionally – contrary to other accounts of Loughner – Figueroa shared that he was extremely intelligent and argumentative, often debating with other about politics and going on long rants about “the government.” That said, Figueroa admits that, when she last saw Loughner three or four months ago, he was a “different person” than the boy she dated as a teen.

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