Ex-soldier sentenced to 6 years in wife's shooting

Ex-soldier sentenced to 6 years in wife's shooting

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Fort Campbell soldier who was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of his wife has been sentenced to six years in prison.

During his trial last October, 35-year-old Jonathan Clyde Downing testified that he shot his wife multiple times following an argument at their home in Clarksville in 2009 but said he didn't plan it and had no memory of the shooting. He was initially charged with first-degree murder, but the jury convicted him of the lesser included charge of voluntary manslaughter.

During the sentencing Tuesday, the Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/YXT88C ) reports that Judge John H. Gasaway gave him the maximum sentence because of the seriousness of the crime. Downing testified during the sentencing and said regret does not begin to cover the way he felt.

 

Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com

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