Soldier gets life in prison in slaying of West Seneca native at Fort Riley - The Buffalo News

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Soldier gets life in prison in slaying of West Seneca native at Fort Riley

An Army private at Fort Riley, Kan., has been convicted in the stabbing death of 21-year-old Pvt. Thomas Lavrey, who was found unresponsive in May 2012 in his barracks room at the fort.

A court-martial panel at Fort Riley sentenced Pvt. John Hughes on Tuesday to life in prison without parole in Lavrey’s death. Hughes also will be dishonorably discharged, will forfeit all pay and allowances, and his rank will be reduced. Lavrey, a native of West Seneca, was living in Machias in Cattaraugus County when he enlisted in the Army.

Hughes was convicted of murder, resisting arrest, false official statements, larceny, wrongful appropriation and going AWOL.

Authorities reportedly said Hughes stabbed Lavrey in the back of the neck, stole a military vehicle and resisted arrest.

Hughes will be confined in the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

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