Army vet gets 6 years in prison for killing AF sergeant

Army vet gets 6 years in prison for killing AF sergeant »Play Video
Timothy Atkins is sentenced Tuesday, May 1, 2012, for shooting and killing an Air Force staff sergeant in September 2010.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — An Army veteran was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday for shooting and killing an Air Force staff sergeant in September 2010.

Timothy Atkins, who served a pair of tours in Iraq, went to a California City home to confront his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. The new couple was renting a room from Brian Carragher, an Air Force sergeant stationed at Edwards Air Force Base.

Carragher asked Atkins to leave, and Atkins shot Carragher, prosecutors claim.

In March, Atkins pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter, and a first-degree murder charge was dismissed.

Atkins got credit for 679 days - 591 days for time served and 88 days for good behavior - as part of his sentence.