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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, December 14, 2006

Sentencing of soldier set for today

Advertiser Staff

The sentencing of Spc. Jeffery White, 22, for the murder of another Schofield Barracks soldier, Spc. Felicia LaDuke, has been continued to today at Wheeler Army Air Field.

White, of Houston, was found guilty Tuesday of murdering LaDuke, also 22, who 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 for White is life with parole possible after 20 years. He also could be sentenced to life without possibility of parole.

The seven-member military jury recessed at about 6:15 p.m. and is expected to hear from final defense witnesses this morning, including White's father, Jarrod Brown.