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Kansas man gets life in prison for soldier's death

Published on -12/13/2013, 7:55 AM

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- A Manhattan man was sentenced to life in prison for killing a Fort Riley soldier and injuring four others outside an apartment complex.

Forty-three-year-old Matthew Wilson was sentenced Thursday to life plus a consecutive sentence of nearly 26 years in prison. He pleaded no contest in October to first-degree murder and other charges in the April shooting that killed 23-year-old Michael Lowery and injured four others as they were leaving a party.

Prosecutors say Wilson lived in the apartment complex and told a witness he was tired of the partying at the complex.

The Manhattan Mercury reports (http://bit.ly/1bKKIFZ ) Wilson tearfully apologized to the victims and their families before he was sentenced. He said he suffered from mental illness and alcoholism and didn't know why he shot the victims.

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