Justice has finally been served in the murder of the American Sniper, Chris Kyle.
Eddie Ray Routh has been found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole for shooting and killing Chris Kyle, the soldier celebrated in the film American Sniper, and his friend Chad Littlefield.
The case went to the jury on Tuesday after a prosecutor said in his closing arguments that Routh, 27, acted coldly and deliberately in a deadly ambush of the pair at a Texas gun range in February 2013.
Chad Littlefield was killed when he and Chris Kyle accompanied Routh to a shooting range. Photograph: Facebook
Only two and a half hours later, Routh was back in the courtroom, standing motionless as district judge Jason Cashon informed him that after their deliberations – including eating dinner and picking a foreperson – the jury of 10 women and two men had unanimously found him guilty of capital murder for killing the subject of the blockbuster film American Sniper and his friend on a rural shooting range a little over two years ago.
Silence and stillness prevailed as the verdict was read out, followed by tears and hugs as Routh was escorted from the Texas courtroom to begin his life sentence.