Another Loughner Ex: He's Faking Mental Illness

Says he went on 'rants' about government
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 14, 2011 10:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Another of Jared Lee Loughner’s high school girlfriends has come forward, and this one suspects he’s “faking" mental illness to keep out of prison, Fox News reports. He was a smart, quiet kid whose anger flared when government came up, she says. He had a “temper problem,” says Ashley Figueroa. “He used to scare me sometimes.” He would “clench his fists really tight, flail his arms and walk off.”

“He would go off on rants about ‘government this, government that,’” she says in a clip at Mediaite. His problems may have stemmed from “dysfunction in his family," she says, adding that his father “picked on him too much.” Click to read about another girlfriend who described Loughner as a normal 16-year-old.

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