Soldier Sentenced To 50 Years For 2011 Murder

By: AP, Posted by Justin Surrency
By: AP, Posted by Justin Surrency

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) _ A 22-year-old soldier from western Missouri has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing a man while he was home for his wife's funeral.

Army Spec. Justin Cannon, of Peculiar, Mo., was sentenced to 50 years in prison with eligibility for parole for killing 24-year-old Michael Griggs of Raymore.

The Kansas City Star reports Griggs' body was found in Truman Lake on Aug. 1, 2011. Police said Cannon thought Griggs had been having sex with the soldier's wife.

Cannon was on his way to jump school at Fort Benning, Ga., on July 27, 2011, when he learned his wife, Amber Cannon, 16, had died at a Grandview motel of a drug overdose.

The eight-member military panel on Thursday found Cannon guilty of murder without premeditation.

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