After an intense trial, former marine Eddie Ray Routh was found guilty for the murders of ‘American Sniper’ author Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield. Because of his conviction on Feb. 24, he was sentenced to life in prison.
Eddie Ray Routh, 27, was convicted for the murders of famed U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield at a Texas shooting range in 2013. The jury reached their decision on Feb. 24 after just two and a half hours, sentencing Eddie to life in prison, according to a new report.
Eddie Ray Routh Guilty Of Chris Kyle Murder — ‘American Sniper’ Trial Verdict
After an intense trial, which has drawn a lot of interest because of the Oscar-nominated film American Sniper, Eddie received a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole, according to the Daily Mail.
Eddie shot Kyle and Chad at a Texas gun range on Feb. 2, 2013. At the time he was shot, Kyle, who penned his memoir American Sniper, had been helping veterans cope with PTSD.
After the verdict was announced, Chad’s little brother read a heartbreaking statement to Eddie in court, according to People.
“Because of you and your irresponsible choices, we lost a great son, brother, father and uncle on Feb. 2, 2013,” he said. “And that will never change. Those are traits you’ll never experience, because you took the lives of two heroes – men who tried to be a friend to you. And you became an American disgrace.”
In addition, Chris’ widow, Taya Kyle, reportedly listened to the verdict with her eyes closed. As the defense team argued their case, Taya reportedly stormed out of the courtroom. So sad.
Eddie’s defense lawyers claimed that their client was psychotic at the time of the shooting. Prosecutors, however, claimed Eddie was aware of what he was doing during the time of the murders.
Our thoughts go out to Chris and Chad’s families and loved ones. Chris and Chad will remain heroes in our hearts.
— Julianne Ishler