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Guilty verdict for troubled vet who murdered American Sniper

Chris Kyle

The ex-Marine who shot Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL better known as the American Sniper, was convicted of murder by a Texas jury and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2013 gun-range shooting that killed Kyle and Chad Littlefield. Routh’s attorneys claimed that he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder, and said they intended to appeal the decision after the jury needed only two hours to come to its conclusion. 

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Read the 'Time' interview with the real 'American Sniper'

Chris Kyle

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Back in 2011, before Bradley Cooper even strapped on a rifle, the book that inspired the Oscar-nominated film American Sniper was just coming out. The autobiography of the same name tells the combat story of Chris Kyle, the real-life sniper.

Just before the book’s release, Time sat down with Kyle to discuss at length his “shooting methods, his favorite sniper movies and his faith.”

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Bradley Cooper moving forward with 'American Sniper' biopic

Bradley Cooper

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After the tragic shooting death of ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle this past week, Bradley Cooper is moving forward with American Sniper, a movie based on the autobiography of Kyle. Cooper bought the rights to American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History last spring, he told NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday.

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