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Okla. soldier sentenced to life in prison for murder

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FORT SILL, Okla.– An Army private and his girlfriend have been sentenced to time in prison for the murder of a 10-year-old boy.

Connell C. Williams, 33, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

According to court records, Williams was assigned to Fort Sill in 2010 and quickly moved 32-year-old Candice C. Holloway and her children into the fort’s military housing facility.

Throughout the first five months of 2011, Williams and Holloway intentionally committed child abuse by depriving Holloway’s 10-year-old son of food as a form of punishment.

That punishment ultimately resulted in the child dying of starvation on May 5, 2011.

Holloway pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and agreed to serve 30 years in a federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release in exchange for her testimony against Williams.

Williams agreed to enter a plea of guilty of first-degree child abuse murder and accept a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.