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Air Force Staff Sergeant Sentenced to Life With Parole in AFN Murder

  • Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver walks into the courtroom on Jan. 29, 2015, where he was found guilty a day earlier of unpremeditated murder in the killing of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov. Joshua L. Demotts/Stars and Stripes
    Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver walks into the courtroom on Jan. 29, 2015, where he was found guilty a day earlier of unpremeditated murder in the killing of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov. Joshua L. Demotts/Stars and Stripes
  • A screen grab of AFN's Dmitry Chepusov
    A screen grab of AFN's Dmitry Chepusov

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver was sentenced Friday to life with parole, reduced to lowest enlisted rank and given a dishonorable discharge for the killing of Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov.

Oliver, who was found guilty Wednesday of unpremeditated murder, also was sentenced to forfeiture of all pay and allowances.

The prosecution had asked for the maximum sentence of life without parole. The defense sought a sentence of 25 years. The military jury of four officers and six enlisted deliberated for about three hours on the sentence.

Oliver was found guilty of strangling Chepusov after a night out drinking in December 2013. Oliver testified at his court-martial that he was on his way to dump the sailor's body when he was pulled over by German police early on Dec. 14, 2013.

Oliver, a broadcast technician for American Forces Network, where Chepusov worked as a broadcaster, also was found guilty of obstruction of justice and making false official statements related to Chepusov's murder. The panel also found him guilty of other charges stemming from a separate assault in Ohio in 2012.

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