Life In Prison For Airman Convicted Of Murdering Navy Broadcaster
Monday, February 2, 2015
It's life behind bars for the airman convicted of killing a Navy broadcaster in a convoluted tale of greed and adultery.
A panel of ten service members sentenced Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver to life in prison, with the possibility of parole, for killing Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov, according to Stars and Stripes:
Oliver, who was found guilty Wednesday of murder with intent to kill, was also reduced to lowest enlisted grade, given a dishonorable discharge and will have to forfeit all pay and allowances.
As Home Post reported last week, Oliver was involved in an adulterous relationship with Chepusov's estranged wife, Karla Alejandra Zolezzi.
The prosecution claimed Oliver murdered Chepusov to keep him from telling Oliver's chain of command about the affair.
Zolezzi also stood to receive a $400,000 life insurance payout upon Chepusov's death.
Chepusov's body was discovered by German police in the early morning hours of Dec. 14, 2013, when they stopped Oliver for driving erratically in Kaiserslautern, near Ramstein Air Base.
Chepusov's corpse was in the passenger seat of Oliver's car.
German authorities later performed an autopsy on Chepusov, and ruled he died from “force to the throat.”
Andrey Chepusov, younger brother of the slain Navy broadcaster, told Star and Stripes his family is relieved Oliver will spend his life behind bars:
“He didn’t deserve anything less that that.”
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