The Defendant In The Murder Of ‘American Sniper’ Author Chris Kyle Has Been Found Guilty

Eddie Ray Routh will not be seeing the outside world for a long time, at least not without supervision. Routh was convicted for the murder of American Sniper inspiration Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. Routh reportedly sought an insanity defense, but the jury saw things a bit differently. From The Hollywood Reporter:

Jurors returned the verdict Tuesday against Eddie Ray Routh, whose attorneys had mounted an insanity defense and said he suffered from psychosis. Since prosecutors didn’t seek the death penalty in the capital murder case, the 27-year-old receives an automatic life sentence without parole in the deaths of the famed Navy SEAL and Chad Littlefield.

The men had taken Routh out shooting in February 2013 after Routh’s mother asked Kyle to help him. Family members say Routh suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq and in Haiti.

This closes the final lingering chapter in the Chris Kyle saga and possibly allows the controversial figure to fade a bit from the limelight. At least until the appeal goes through against Jesse Ventura’s lawsuit or the DVD of American Sniper hits stores. I’m sure his family could use a breather.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)