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Former infantryman involved in manhunt sentenced for attempted murder

Friday - 11/15/2013, 9:01am  ET

FINCASTLE, Va. (AP) -- A former Army infantryman and rescue worker has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for a manhunt that started after a domestic disturbance.

Steven Patrick Prease was sentenced Thursday in Botetourt County Circuit Court for two counts of attempted capital murder, using a gun to commit a felony, and assault and battery.

The 34-year-old became the subject of a manhunt in June 2012, after officers were called to his Buchanan home for a domestic disturbance and reports of gunshots.

The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/1atQNEY ) that Prease entered an Alford plea in July.

Prease didn't acknowledge guilt but admitted there was enough evidence to show he hit his wife, fired at sheriff's deputies in his yard and then disappeared into nearby woods for about two hours before turning himself in.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com


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