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Nation IN BRIEF : NORTH CAROLINA

Soldier Sentenced to Life in Slayings

May 13, 1997|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A former Army paratrooper was sentenced to life in prison in the slaying of a black couple shot in what prosecutors say was a skinhead initiation rite. A Wilmington, N.C., jury took 1 1/2 hours to decide on the penalty for 23-year-old Malcolm Wright, who was found guilty May 2 of murdering Jackie Burden and Michael James.

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