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GUILTY VERDICT: American Sniper Trial

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Routh in court. Routh in court.
There is a guilty verdict in the American Sniper trial.

Eddie Ray Routh is convicted of Capital Murder in the deaths of American sniper Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield.

The Texas jury made the announcement around 9:30 central time.  Routh is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole...prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

Routh, 27, admitted to killing both men at the shooting range of Rough Creek Lodge and Resort, southwest of Dallas, on Feb. 2, 2013.

Routh pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to capital murder. His attorneys have said Routh, a former Marine corporal who served in Iraq but not in a combat role, was in the grip of a medically diagnosed psychosis at the time of the killings.

Prosecutors said that Routh was drinking and smoking marijuana on the morning of the crime. They argue that he was paranoid because he was high, and that he was angry about living with his parents, relationship problems, money and his job — then finally exploded when Kyle and Littlefield snubbed him.

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