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Ga. soldier convicted in death of pregnant wife

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) -- A military judge has convicted an Army soldier charged with strangling his pregnant wife so he could pocket insurance and benefit payments worth $500,000.

The verdict for Pvt. Isaac Aguigui of Cashmere, Wash., came on the fourth day of his court-martial at Fort Stewart. That's where his wife, Sgt. Deirdre Aguigui, was found dead at their on-base apartment on July 17, 2011.

Aguigui was convicted of murder and causing the death of an unborn child. The charges carry an automatic life sentence.

The military's autopsy failed to identify a cause of death or determine if she was slain. But a Georgia state medical examiner gave a second opinion, concluding she was strangled while struggling against handcuffs behind her back.

Aguigui is already serving life without parole at a Georgia prison for his role in a separate double-slaying.
 
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