Ex-Fort Rucker soldier sentenced to 6 years in daughter's death

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Federal prosecutors say a former Fort Rucker soldier has been sentenced in the death of his 4-year-old daughter.

Authorities said Monday that 31-year-old Benjamin Schrad of Storm Lake, Iowa was sentenced to six years in prison in his daughter's 2011 death.

Prosecutors have said Schrad rushed his daughter to an emergency room on Aug. 1, 2011, telling doctors that the girl had collapsed while they were playing.

Jurors watched a videotaped interview of Schrad recounting the event to Army investigators and saying that he got too rough while wrestling with the girl. Authorities said the girl's injuries were consistent with being shaken, not with a fall.

Prosecutors never accused Schrad of intentionally killing his daughter.

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