2 given life sentences in fatal shooting of Army reservist on Atlanta bike path


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ATLANTA — Fulton County prosecutors say sentences have been handed down in the fatal shooting of an Army reservist on a bike trail.

District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones said Tuesday that 15-year-old Zion Wainwright and Qutravius Palmer were given three consecutive life sentences plus 15 years in the death of 21-year-old Xavier Arnold.

Authorities have said Arnold, his girlfriend and a friend were walking along a bike trail Dec. 26, 2013 when Arnold noticed the two following them. Authorities say Wainwright pulled a gun on Arnold when he turned around and demanded their belongings.

Investigators say Arnold was shot in the back of his head and his friend was shot in the leg.

Wainwright was convicted of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and weapons charges. Palmer was convicted of felony murder.

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