HANAU, Germany — A U.S. Army sergeant who killed his wife's lover, kicked off his head and brought it to her as she lay in the hospital apologized Saturday to the victim's family.
Sgt. Stephen Schap was convicted Friday of premeditated murder, which carries a life sentence. But on Saturday the jury recommended he be granted leniency and be given a lesser sentence.
Schap choked back tears as he spoke for the first time to the court that convicted him. "I'm sorry I'm the man responsible," the 26-year-old said.
Schap was convicted of killing Spec. Gregory Glover, 21, one of his buddies at Sickels Army Air Field in Fulda, last Dec. 7 after learning that his wife was pregnant with Glover's baby.
Prosecutor Capt. Jennifer Beakes asked the jury to consider the feelings of the victim's mother, Irene Glover of Phoenix.
"When a mother sends a child off to the Army, she knows he may come back in a body bag,"' Beakes said. "She does not expect her child to come back slaughtered in two pieces, at the hands of a fellow soldier."
Schap apologized to Irene Glover, telling her, "I know what it means" to be without a loved one.