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Ga. soldier sentenced for slaying 2 Army roommates

1:38 AM, Jun 14, 2012   |    comments
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FORT STEWART, Ga. -- A Georgia-based soldier has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2010 slayings of two Army roommates who were shot after the suspect complained they were too messy.

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Spc. Neftaly Platero of Kingwood, Texas, was sentenced Wednesday by a military jury after an hour of deliberating. The same jury convicted him Tuesday of premeditated murder in the killings of Pfc. Gebrah Noonan of Watertown, Conn., and Spc. John Carrillo Jr. of Stockton, Calif.

Platero's court-martial was held at Fort Stewart in southeast Georgia, where all three soldiers served in the Army's 3rd Infantry Division.

Prosecutors say Platero shot his roommates hours after he complained to superiors that their room was dirty. Defense attorneys say Army investigators ignored forensic evidence suggesting Platero wasn't the shooter.

(Associated Press)

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