- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 25, 2009

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A military judge at North Carolina‘s Fort Bragg has sentenced a one-time Army paratrooper who admitted to firing at an exercise formation of fellow soldiers to life in prison.

The sentencing of 39-year-old Sgt. William Kreutzer was mostly a formality. The soldier from Clinton, Md., had pleaded guilty earlier this month to one charge of premeditated murder and 18 other counts in order to avoid a possible death sentence.

Military judge Col. Patrick Parrish also reduced Kreutzer’s rank to private, ordered him to forfeit all future pay and be dishonorably discharged from the Army.

The sentencing brings an end to a case than began on Oct. 27, 1995, when Kreutzer opened fire with a rifle from a concealed position at soldiers preparing for a morning run. One was killed and 18 were wounded.

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