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Jul 25, 2011 2:59 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Muhammad sentenced to life in Ark. soldier killing

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A man who confessed to shooting two soldiers outside a military recruiting station in Arkansas has pleaded guilty and received a sentence of life in prison without parole.

Abdulhakim Muhammad pleaded guilty to capital murder in the middle of his trial Monday. Prosecutors took the death penalty off the table in return for Muhammad's plea.

Prosecutors originally sought the death penalty for Muhammad in the killing of Army Pvt. William Andrew Long. He also was charged with attempted capital murder for wounding Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula in 2009.

Muhammad previously tried to plead guilty in court, but Arkansas law doesn't allow that in death penalty cases.

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