Eddie Ray Routh in 2008.
Eddie Ray Routh in 2008. – C.SMALLEY / SIPA

20 Minutes with AFP

The former Marine accused of killing Chris Kyle, the sniper who inspired the hit movie American Sniper , was convicted and sentenced to life in prison after trial in Texas.

The death of Eddie Ray Routh, 27, condemned for the murder of a friend of Kyle, Chad Littlefield, excludes any possibility of early release, according to the reading of the judgment broadcast live on television. The prosecutor Alan Nash had before the trial, announced he would not seek the death penalty.

The jury court Stephenville (160 miles southwest of Dallas), have not monitoring the defense argued that the “psychosis” of the accused when he shot Chris Kyle, 38, and Chad Littlefield, 35, in a shooting gallery Glen Rose, southwest of Fort Worth, February 2 2013.

Suffering from post-traumatic stress, Eddie Ray Routh was taken under the wing of the sniper.

This trial has captivated America because of the personality Chris Kyle, nicknamed the “legend” and author of a successful autobiography that inspired the movie “American Sniper” adapted to the big screen by Clint Eastwood.

Heroes for some, for bastard others, he is officially credited with the death of 160 people in its four passages in Iraq, but is himself boasted of having killed 255 people.

The film is currently in triumph US theaters and had earned six Oscar nominations, which showed with a single statue, that of Best Sound Editing.