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Sailor convicted of voluntary manslaughter

A Navy jury has convicted a Norfolk sailor of voluntary manslaughter in the 2008 fatal shooting of an unarmed man outside a sports bar.

The Virginian-Pilot reported that the jury found Navy chief information systems technician Rodney Williams guilty shortly before midnight Wednesday.

Jurors will consider sentencing Thursday. The 43-year-old Williams faces up to 15 years in prison.

Williams was convicted by a civilian jury of the same charge last year in the death of Nicholas Nalls. But the Navy was unhappy with the outcome of that trial.

The military case isn’t considered double jeopardy because the Navy tried Williams for violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice, as opposed to state law.


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