- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Navy SEAL veteran Marcus Luttrell had a message for Eddie Ray Routh soon after a Texas jury found the ex-Marine guilty of killing his friend Chris Kyle: Texas prisoners will not take kindly to his crime.

“Justice served for Chris and the Littlefield family. To Eddie Ray Routh, you thought you had PTSD before? Wait till the boys in TDC Find out you killed a TX hero,” the veteran posted on his Facebook page after Ruth was found guilty of capital murder Tuesday night. “TDC” is a reference the to Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Routh’s lawyers argued during the trial that he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia when he shot and killed “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and fellow veteran Chad Littlefield on Feb 2, 2013. Prosecutors said Routh knew exactly what he was doing when he ambushed the men during a trip to a shooting range.

“You took the lives of two heroes, men that tried to be a friend to you. You became an American disgrace,” Littlefield’s brother-in-law, Jerry Richardson, said of Routh at a county court in Stephenville, Texas, after the sentence was handed down, Reuters reported Wednesday. It took jurors just over two hours to reach their verdict.

Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty for Routh. Regardless, his legal team said they would appeal the ruling.

Mr. Luttrell is nationally known for his involvement in Operation Red Wings, a June 2005 mission in Afghanistan in which he and his SEAL teammates were ambushed by dozens of Taliban fighters. Navy SEALs Matthew Axelson, Danny Dietz and Michael P. Murphy were killed during battle. Sixteen special forces operators also died when their helicopter was shot down attempting to rescue Mr. Luttrell’s team.

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• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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