- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An Army deserter who wounded his father and killed a man at a Southern California motel has been sentenced to 101 years to life in prison.

Twenty-six-year-old Steven LeClaire Jr. was sentenced Friday. A jury convicted him of second-degree murder and other charges for a February 2011 attack in Orange County.

Prosecutors say LeClaire was AWOL from his Texas Army post and was drunk when opened fire at a Cypress motel where he’d been drinking with his father and two men.

Authorities say he fired 14 shots, killing 24-year-old Marques Murray and wounding Steven LeClaire Sr. and another man.

Authorities say LeClaire blamed his father for his own alcoholism and for getting his sister drunk when she was 14.

His lawyer argued that LeClaire hadn’t intended to hurt anyone.



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