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Airman spared death penalty in killing of pregnant fiancee

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- An airman stationed at an Air Force base in Georgia has been sentenced to life in prison for the slaying of his pregnant fiancee.

The decision by a court-martial Wednesday spared Airman 1st Class Charles Amos Wilson III from a possible death sentence.

A military jury convicted Wilson last week of premeditated murder in the August 2013 fatal shooting of Tameda Ferguson. He also was found guilty of killing Ferguson’s unborn child. She was nearly nine months pregnant.

Robins Air Force Base spokesman Roland Leach said Wednesday that the military jury gave Wilson a life sentence with no possibility of parole.

Wilson was assigned to the 461st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Robins Air Force Base. Prosecutors said he had hoped to collect insurance payments from Ferguson’s death.

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