FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- A U.S. Army National Guardsman has been sentenced to life in prison with the chance of parole for the murder of an Afghan civilian.
Sgt. Derrick Miller of Hagerstown, Md., shook hands with several soldiers in his unit after the 10-member military jury delivered the sentence at Fort Campbell on Wednesday. The 27-year-old was found guilty of premeditated murder.
His attorney had argued during two days of testimony that Miller acted in self-defense when he shot a man last September. The military has identified him as Atta Mohammed but his name was not used in court.
Defense attorney Charles Gittins told the jury that Miller stopped the man for questioning when he walked through a defensive perimeter that Miller's unit had set up around a mortar unit.
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