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Posted at 4:32 p.m., Thursday, December 14, 2006

Soldier sentenced to life without parole for murder

Advertiser Staff

A 22-year-old Schofield Barracks soldier was sentenced by a military jury today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of his former girlfriend, who was an Iraq war veteran and the mother of his child, the Army said.

Spc. Jeffery White, of Houston, expressed condolences to the family of Spc. Felicia LaDuke prior to the sentencing in a Wheeler Army Air Field courtroom.

LaDuke, 22, was strangled and repeatedly run over with her car the night of Oct. 7, 2005, at a remote spot near Ka'ena Point.

According to trial testimony, White, who had married another woman, was involved in a bitter child-custody battle with LaDuke over their young son, Elijah.

The mandatory minimum sentence White faced was life with parole possible after 20 years. White was found guilty on Tuesday of premeditated murder.