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Ex-Marine sentenced for killing father

A 21-year-old former U.S. Marine was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for killing his father, Montgomery County prosecutors said in a statement.

David Winters, who had struggled with mental illness, had been convicted of first-degree murder in January 2009.

In December, 2007, Winters was on holiday leave from the Marine Corps, staying with his parents in Rockville. He convinced his father to go for a walk with him in the woods nearby, according to prosecutors, and fatally stabbed him.

He then made up a story about a group of people attacking his father. Police recovered the knife after draining a nearby pond.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  September 3, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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Amazing how articles are written to elicit sympathy for people...this one starts off, "David Winters, who had STRUGGLED with mental illness." What is that supposed to infer as if that had anything to do with the murder??? And the term HAD struggled, he no longer has mental problems???

Funny how people are described by family and friends after a tragedy that they had problems...well he has bigger problems now and the mental ones, if he really had them, are still with him....

Posted by: pentagon40 | September 3, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone scared that this guy was a MARINE?? The few, the proud...?

Posted by: arlingtonian6 | September 3, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

arlingtonian6 - You want to infer that one bad apple should tarnish the image of so many?

Posted by: gonchpup | September 3, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Arlingtonian6, I was thinking the same thing. Tragic that he killed his father. Scary that he was accepted into our Marine Corps.

Posted by: jennjen | September 3, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

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