KILLEEN (September 16, 2013)--A former soldier who pleaded guilty to murder in July in a shooting outside a Killeen restaurant 2011 that left another soldier dead was sentenced to life in prison Monday.
Michael Fitzgerald Reese, 31, abruptly pleaded guilty in July in in the April 2, 2011 shooting death of Justin Sheldon Richardson outside the Denny's Restaurant in the 1100 block of South Fort Hood Street, where the two men were seen arguing in the parking lot.
Police found Richardson lying in the parking lot after they responded there on reports of shots fired.
Autopsy results showed Richardson died from two gunshot wounds to the chest.
Reese was later arrested at the Killeen Police Headquarters and charged in Richardson's murder.
Richardson was a specialist who had been assigned to Company A, 15th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division since September 2010.
He joined the Army in December 2005 and deployed to Iraq from January 2008 to January 2009.