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    Last night, a Texas jury returned a guilty verdict against Eddie Ray Routh for the 2013 murders of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. Routh's insanity defense was rejected, and he is set to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Soon after the verdict was announced, Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos interviewed members of the jury and gave them the opportunity to explain their reasoning for the guilty verdict, and the rejection of Routh's insanity plea. More from Mediaite:
    “We all had our strong feelings,” one juror said. Another indicated there was no disagreement from the start of deliberations. As for whether Routh was “faking” his insanity, one female juror told George Stephanopoulos that “evidence shows there was a definite pattern there when it came to his earlier convictions before the trial… [which was that] he would get intoxicated, get in trouble, and the police would show up, and he’d say, ‘I’m a veteran, I have PTSD.’” “Bottom line: You were convinced that he knew the difference between right and wrong when he pull those triggers?” Stephanopoulos asked. “Without a doubt,” a few said aloud. “He knew the consequences.”
    Stephanopoulos went on to ask the inevitable question: Did you see 'American Sniper?' Did it affect your decision? I'm glad he did, because it gave the jurors an opportunity to offer their perspective on a conversation that has been swirling around their heads since they entered the jury box.

    A Stephenville, Texas jury has found Eddie Ray Routh guilty of the 2013 murders of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. Routh was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. ABC News has the details:
    The judge instructed the jury of 10 women and two men that they were to consider three possible decisions: guilty, not guilty, or not guilty by reason of insanity. State prosecutors have made it clear that they would not be seeking the death penalty in the case, and while the sentence for murder is life in prison, Routh's sentence officially will come at a later court hearing. Routh pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and his attorneys have argued that the former Marine had mental disorders and was in the grips of psychosis when he fatally shot Kyle and Littlefield during a trip to a gun range on Feb. 2, 2013. During the 9-day trial, the prosecution and the defense have presented dueling testimony from mental health experts about whether Routh was insane when he committed the murders. Under Texas law, even if a person was suffering from a mental illness, they can be found guilty as long as they understood that what they did was wrong.
    This will be an emotional night for Chris's and Chad's families. We'll be praying for them. Twitter reacts:
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