An Army specialist has been sentenced to life in prison in the death of another soldier and a soldier's wife.

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FORT LEWIS &#8212 An Army specialist has been sentenced to life in prison in the death of another soldier and a soldier’s wife.

Spc. Jamaal A. Lewis was convicted in the deaths of Pfc. Jason Jowers, 26, and Crystal Hurley-McDowell, 23, during an attempted robbery outside a Lakewood tavern Sept. 5, 2005. He could be eligible for parole in 10 years.

A seven-member panel of officers and enlisted soldiers returned the penalty late Thursday evening after hearing character witnesses as part of Lewis’ court-martial, Fort Lewis officials said Friday.

Lewis was convicted Wednesday for the murders, as well as aggravated assault in a separate drive-by shooting.

Lewis, of Prince George’s County, Md., was a communications specialist with the Headquarters Support Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis.

Two other soldiers involved in the case have already been convicted.

Pvt. Kevin Lambers was convicted in May on two counts of making false statements and one count of being an accessory after the fact in the killings. Pvt. Joseaf U. Griessett pleaded guilty in March to being an accessory to a crime after the fact, obstructing justice and making a false official statement.

Lambers and Griessett also were assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group at Fort Lewis.