published Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Georgia soldier gets life, no parole in Iraq slayings

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    This Monday, April 13, 2009 image taken at Fort Stewart, Ga. and provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich. Bozicevich has been sentenced to life in a military prison without parole for the 2008 shooting deaths of his infantry squad leader and a fellow U.S. soldier in Iraq. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)

SAVANNAH, Ga. — An Army sergeant based in Georgia has been sentenced to life in a military prison without parole for the 2008 shooting deaths of his infantry squad leader and a fellow U.S. soldier in Iraq.

A military jury at Fort Stewart sentenced Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich of Minneapolis on Wednesday. He was convicted of murder by the same court-martial in May, but sentencing was delayed after his lead defense attorney was injured in a skydiving accident.

Prosecutors say Bozicevich killed his squad leader, Staff Sgt. Daris Dawson of Pensacola, Fla., and Sgt. Wesley Durbin of Dallas in a rage after they criticized him for poor performance.

Bozicevich testified that he killed both men in self-defense after they threatened him.

His attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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