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Conviction in N.C.-based soldier's death upheld

By Associated Press
Published On: Sep 17 2013 05:08:46 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 17 2013 05:21:10 PM CDT
RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY -

A North Carolina appeals court has upheld a murder conviction in the death of a Fort Bragg soldier shot outside a nightclub while celebrating his safe return after more than a year in Iraq.

A three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals on Tuesday said it found no errors in the 2012 Cumberland County trial of James Anthony Carr. Carr is serving a long prison sentence for second-degree murder in the 2008 death of Sgt. Sergio Sanchez, of Alabama, and other crimes.

The court said Sanchez was the designated driver for some friends when a group who had robbed other soldiers approached Sanchez. Evidence shows a man demanded Sanchez's wallet. Sanchez was shot in the neck and later died.

Carr's projected prison release date is in 2035.