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LAWTON, Okla.—A soldier from Virginia will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to the first-degree murder of a 10-year-old boy at an Oklahoma army base.

Officials say 33-year-old Pfc. Connell C. Williams pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder charge in the death of Marcus Holloway.

After being assigned to the 214th Fires Brigade at Fort Still in 2010, Williams’ girlfriend, Candice C. Holloway, and her two children moved into Fort Sill military housing.

Throughout the next year, the pair intentionally withheld food from 10-year-old Marcus as a form of punishment.

The boy later died of starvation.

The pair were arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Holloway later pleaded guilty to the charge in exchange for a 30 year prison sentence and five years of supervised release.

She also agreed to cooperate with the prosecution and testify against Williams at his trial.

However, that would never happen.

Williams pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“Marcus was a ten-year-old boy who was robbed of his life and subjected to a horrific and agonizing death by starvation,” said U.S. Attorney Sanford C. Coats.  “Although nothing can bring Marcus back, I am gratified that Connell Williams has accepted responsibility for his crime.  By pleading guilty, he will be in a federal prison cell for the rest of his life and never again harm a child.”