Soldier gets death sentence in 1985 family murders

Fort Bragg, NC - FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - A military jury has sentenced a soldier to die for the murders of a North Carolina mother and her two children in 1985.

The sentence handed down Thursday for 52-year-old Master Sgt. Timothy Hennis Hennis will be reviewed by a commanding officer and automatically appealed.

The 14-person military jury took less than three hours last week to convict Hennis of the premeditated murders of Kathryn Eastburn and her young daughters in their Fayetteville home.

Hennis was first convicted in state court but appealed and was acquitted in a second trial. He couldn't be tried in state court again, so prosecutors brought the case to the Army after testing linked Hennis' DNA to the crimes.

Hennis had retired but was forced back into service to face the charges.
      
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