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Man gets life for killing Riley soldier at party

Dec. 13, 2013 - 09:41AM   |  
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MANHATTAN, KAN. — 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 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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