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Mar 9, 2013 1:00 PM by Matt Stafford

Man gets 30 years for killing soldier outside bar

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A 28-year-old man who shot and killed an Afghanistan war veteran outside a bar in Colorado Springs has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The Gazette reports Dwight Lovele Gordon Jr. was sentenced Friday for the June 2, 2012, death of 22-year-old Spc. Kendrick James, of Mer Rouge, La. Gordon struck a deal with prosecutors last year and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Gordon, who says he was acting in self-defense, is accused of shooting James during a fight that spilled out of the now-shuttered Golden Cue tavern.

James had joined the Army in 2009 and had deployed once to Afghanistan. He was a member of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, part of Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division.

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