FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) _ A soldier who pleaded guilty to the August 2006 murder of a Columbus cab driver has been sentenced to 60 years in prison and will be dishonorably discharged.
Fort Benning spokeswoman Elsie Jackson says Samuel Perry pleaded
guilty Monday to murder, kidnapping, larceny and two counts of robbery of Goldstar Taxi Services driver Jack Horne. Colonel James Pohl presided over the court-martial.
The 18-year-old Perry was linked to the killing in an FBI affidavit he gave to officers after his arrest. He admitted participating in the robbery and shooting of the 55-year-old Horne with two other men: 25-year-old Mastermichael Ramsey and 24-year-old Travis Jahcorick Livingston.
In his last radio report to the cab company, Horne told dispatchers he was on his way downtown. His cab was found the following day at an apartment complex in nearby Phenix City, Alabama.
Ramsey and Livingston later led investigators to Horne's body, which was about 20 feet off an unmarked road in the woods on the military base.
Perry's case was removed from civilian courts to a military setting, but the cases of Ramsey and Livingston remain in U.S. District Court.
The two men have been in custody since August 2006. Jackson said
Perry will be transferred to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.