Soldier arrested in the murder of a Leesville man

BAGHDAD (KPLC) - The U.S. military says a soldier has been charged with murder in the slaying of a Leesville man doing civilian contract work on an American base in Iraq.

Spc. Beyshee Velez of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, was charged Monday in the Sept. 13 shooting death of a contractor who worked for Houston-based KBR at a base in the city of Tikrit. The 31-year-old suspect faces dishonorable discharge and a maximum sentence of life in prison if found guilty. The soldier is being held in Hawaii pending the outcome of the trial.

The KBR employee, Lucas Vinson, was from Leesville , Louisiana. KBR is the primary support contractor in Iraq. It provides troops with essential services, including housing, meals, mail delivery and laundry.

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