Eddie Ray Routh convicted of capital murder in ‘American Sniper’ slaying

After a nine-day trial and about 2 1/2 hours of deliberation, a Texas jury convicted a troubled veteran of capital murder late Tuesday in the slaying of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and another man.

Erath County Judge Jason Cashon immediately sentenced Eddie Ray Routh, 27, to life without possibility of parole in the fatal shootings of Kyle, 38, and friend Chad Littlefield, 35, during the trio’s trip to an outdoor shooting range on Feb. 2, 2013.

Routh, a former Marine repeatedly hospitalized and treated for mental illness, had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.