- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 25, 2011

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — An Army sergeant was found guilty Wednesday of two counts of premeditated murder in the 2008 slayings of his squad leader and another U.S. soldier at a patrol base in Iraq.

Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich of Minneapolis will face a sentence of life in prison after the 12-member jury at Fort Stewart returned a nonunanimous guilty verdict Wednesday. The death penalty is only an option when a guilty verdict is unanimous in a military court-martial.

During the trial, 41-year-old Bozicevich admitted he shot Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson of Pensacola, Fla., and Sgt. Wesley Durbin of Dallas after they tried to critique his performance.

Prosecutors said Bozicevich killed the men because they bruised his ego by deciding to strip him of his leadership role as a team leader.

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