'American Sniper' Chris Kyle's Killer Convicted Of Murder
Jury finds Eddie Ray Routh guilty of double shooting...
The man who killed America's "most lethal" sniper Chris Kyle has been found guilty of murder.
Eddie Ray Routh was a former US Marine suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who fired on Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield as they visited a Texas shooting range together in 2013.
Kyle, who had 160 confirmed kills from his four tours of duty in Iraq, was portrayed by Bradley Cooper in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated movie American Sniper.
Both victims died at the scene and 27-year-old Routh later claimed that he had been psychotic at the time because of his alcohol and marijuana use.
However the jury decided that he had been responsible for his actions, agreeing with the prosecution.
The leading prosecutor had argued: "This defendant has gone to the deep well of excuses for his violent behaviours one too many times. I am tired of the proposition that if you have mental illness that you can't be held responsible for what you do."
The judge sentenced Routh to life in prison without parole. The death penalty had not been sought.
Routh was seen briefly at the end of the movie, arriving at Kyle's house for the trip to the shooting range. He had met his victim after his mother had asked Kyle to try to help him.