LUDOWICI, Ga. (AP) - An Army soldier is scheduled to be sentenced by a Georgia judge after he pleaded guilty to shooting a teenage girl in the head as she and her boyfriend were killed by members of an anti-government militia group.
Sgt. Anthony Peden pleaded guilty to murder charges April 3 to avoid a possible death sentence. At his sentencing hearing Thursday in Long County, the 28-year-old combat veteran is expected to ask a judge to spare him from a sentence of life with no chance of parole.
He's one of four soldiers to plead guilty in the December 2011 slayings of Michael Roark and 17-year-old Tiffany York. The others all testified the couple was slain to protect a militia group formed by Fort Stewart soldiers. Peden was charged with shooting York.
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