Soldier Sentenced to Resume in Murder Trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE 8/11 6:45 AM

Savannah, GA -- An Army sergeant based in Georgia has been
sentenced to serve life in a military prison without parole for the
2008 shooting deaths of his infantry squad leader and a fellow U.S.
soldier in Iraq.

A military jury at Fort Stewart sentenced Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich
of Minneapolis on Wednesday. He was convicted of
murder by the same court-martial in May, but sentencing was delayed
after his lead defense attorney was injured in a skydiving
accident.

Prosecutors say Bozicevich killed his squad leader, Staff Sgt.
Daris Dawson of Pensacola, Fla., and Sgt. Wesley Durbin of Dallas
in a rage after they criticized him for poor performance.

Bozicevich testified that he killed both men in self-defense
after they threatened him.

His attorney did not immediately return a message seeking
comment.

An Army sergeant convicted of killing two fellow U.S. soldiers in Iraq is returning to a Fort Stewart courtroom to face sentencing.

A court-martial found Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich guilty of murder in late May in the fatal shootings of Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson and Sgt. Wesley Durbin in 2008 at a small patrol base in Iraq.

His sentencing got delayed for more than two months after the convicted soldier's lead defense attorney suffered injuries in a skydiving accident.

Fort Stewart officials say proceedings are scheduled to resume Monday. Bozicevich must be sentenced to life in prison, but a military jury must decide whether he'll ever be eligible for parole.

The sentencing phase could last several days before a decision is reached.


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