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UPDATE: Fort Leonard Wood soldier pleads guilty to murder

7:13 PM, Aug 28, 2009   |    comments
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FORT LEONARD WOOD (AP) -- An Army reservist at Missouri's Fort Leonard Wood has pleaded guilty to killing another soldier's wife.

Spc. Jermaine Johnson of Mobile, Ala., pleaded guilty to murder at his court-martial Friday at the mid-Missouri Army base. The charge was reduced from premeditated murder, and several other charges were dropped.

Johnson admitted killing 23-year-old Maria Silva, who was found dead last Oct. 14. She was the wife of Pfc. Benjamin Silva, who was also stationed at Fort Leonard Wood.

Johnson served with the 7223 Medical Support Detachment 10. He now awaits sentencing.

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