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Veteran agrees to plea deal in murder of girlfriend

The judge's gavel is seen in court room 422 of the New York Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street February 3, 2012. REUTERS/Chip East
The judge's gavel is seen in court room 422 of the New York Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street February 3, 2012. REUTERS/Chip East

FRIENDSHIP, WI (WTAQ) - A Marine veteran has been ordered to spend 11 years in a secure mental health unit, for killing his girlfriend while suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.  

29-year-old Coleman Dybul of Adams struck a plea deal in which he was found not guilty by insanity to second-degree reckless homicide. Two marijuana-related charges were dropped.  

Authorities said Dybul was sleeping when 27-year-old Toni Voss startled him -- and he responded by grabbing a loaded gun next to his bed, and shooting her.  

Investigators said Dybul was addicted to alcohol and other drugs, as well as his stress illness. He apologized to the victim's family during his sentencing Tuesday.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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