Ex-soldier sentenced to 80 years in prison
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: On January 20, 2012 Judge Michael Spaan of the Third Judicial District, sentenced former Army Specialist Kip Lynch to 80 years in prison. In 2011, Lynch was convicted of murdering his wife and baby.  After the shooting, Lynch attempted suicide by shooting himself in the head. He survived after being taken to the hospital.
A Seattle psychologist Fred Wise testified, saying Lynch may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Among fellow soldiers who served with Lynch there have been multiple suicides or attempts and problems with drugs and alcohol. Judge Spaan said the army could have done more to help Lynch cope with these issues before returning home. Spann also said, "I believe that Mr. Lynch’s service in Afghanistan was a factor." "I further believe that the Army could’ve done more for Mr. Lynch.” 
According to the prosecution, Lynch will be eligible for parole when he is in his 70s.
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