Wilcox sentenced to four years in prison, judge considering bail application

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A Canadian soldier who shot and killed his tentmate in Afghanistan has been sentenced to four years in prison and has been dismissed from the military.
Cpl. Matthew Wilcox, 24, from Glace Bay, was convicted in July of criminal negligence causing death and neglect of duty in the shooting death of Cpl. Kevin Megeney.
Wilcox must also provide a DNA sample to the national registry, is subject to a five-year weapons ban and is dismissed from the forces, with no change in his rank.
Wilcox's court martial heard evidence that he and the 25-year-old Megeney, who were both reservists with the Nova Scotia Highlanders, were playing a game of quick-draw when Wilcox fatally shot his close friend in the chest on March 6, 2007.
Arguments continued throughout the day in Sydney into a defence request to have Wilcox released on bail pending appeal. The judge has adjourned the matter until 6 p.m. today, saying he needs more time to consider the arguments.
Wilcox testified that he had acted in self-defence, firing his 9-millimetre Browning pistol without looking when he heard someone behind him cocking the hammer on a gun inside his tent at Kandahar Airfield.
Prosecutor Maj. Jason Samson had recommended that Wilcox be sentenced to six years in prison, with nine months served at the Canadian Forces Service Prison in Edmonton.
The Cape Breton Post will continue to update this story throughout the day.

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Organizations: Canadian Forces Service Prison, Cape Breton Post

Geographic location: Afghanistan, Glace Bay, Sydney Edmonton

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