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Murder trial sentencing to resume in late June
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Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich - photo by Photo provided.

The sentencing portion of Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich’s court-martial is expected to resume June 27, according to Fort Stewart Public Affairs.

The sentencing phase of the trial was delayed after the court was informed that Bozicevich’s civilian defense attorney, Charles Gittins, was injured in a skydiving accident late last month, according to the Associated Press.

Bozicevich, 41, was found guilty May 25 of two charges of premeditated murder in the deaths of Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson and Sgt. Wesley Durbin.

He is accused of shooting and killing the two men Sept. 14, 2008, while deployed to Patrol Base Jurf at Sahkr, Iraq. All three soldiers were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

Bozicevich will not face the death penalty because the 12-person jury was not unanimous in delivering its guilty verdict, according to Fort Stewart spokesperson Kevin Larson.

He said the non-unanimous verdict leaves two possible sentences: life in prison without parole or life in prison with the possibility of parole.

The actual trial began in early May, after nearly two years of pre-trial hearings. Bozicevich pleaded not guilty in late March.

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