Anchorage jury convicts man of murdering Army MP

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A jury has found a man guilty of murder for shooting an off-duty Fort Richardson military police officer in a dispute outside an Anchorage bar.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the jury returned the verdict Thursday against the 28-year-old defendant, Vongdeuane Vongthongdy.

He is a felon who had been out of jail 16 days and was not supposed to be carrying a firearm when he shot Sgt. Evan Minnear Nov. 30, 2008, with a handgun. His mother said Minnear and friends were out celebrating his return earlier in the year from a 15-month tour in Iraq.

In closing arguments Wednesday the prosecutor said Minnear was shot while trying to stop the other man from firing a gun into the air.

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