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Soldier convicted of capital murder in deaths of wife, police officer

MANASSAS, Va. — An Army staff sergeant is facing possible execution after being convicted of capital murder in the deaths of his wife and a police officer who responded to the woman’s 911 call.

A jury in Manassas returned guilty verdicts Wednesday on all counts against 34-year-old Ronald Hamilton of Woodbridge. He was charged in the 2016 shootings of his wife, Crystal, and officer Ashley Guindon, who was working her first shift after being sworn in. Guindon served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 2007-2015.

A photo provided by the Prince William County Police Department shows, from the left, Officer Steven Kendall, and Officer Ashley Guindon with Lt. Col. Barry Bernard, deputy chief of the Prince William County, Va., Police Department. Officer Ashley Guindon was shot and killed Saturday, Feb. 28, 2016, and two of her colleagues were wounded in a confrontation stemming from a call about an argument. Guindon and Kendall were sworn in on Friday, and Guindon was working her first shift with the Prince William County Police Department when she was killed. (Prince William County Police Department via AP)
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On her first day on the job, Officer Ashley Guindon responded to a call that could have become routine, had she gone on to a long career in law enforcement: a domestic disturbance in a well-kept suburban neighborhood.

Hamilton was also convicted of attempted capital murder for shooting and seriously injuring two other officers, David McKeown and Jesse Hempen.

Hamilton's lawyers acknowledged he was responsible but argued he lacked the premeditation required for capital murder.

News accounts indicate the jury will return Monday to hear evidence on whether Hamilton should receive a death sentence.

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