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Ranger Convicted Of Manslaughter In Roommate Death

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A former Army Ranger has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and a handgun charge in the shooting death of his roommate, who served with him in Afghanistan.

A Montgomery County jury returned the verdict against Gary Smith on Wednesday. Smith was facing a second trial for the shooting death of Michael McQueen in September 2006 in the apartment they shared in Gaithersburg. A previous conviction was thrown out.

Smith faces up to 10 years in prison on the involuntary manslaughter charge and a minimum of five years on the handgun charge.

His attorney, Andrew Jezic, says he’s gratified that his client was acquitted of second-degree murder but maintains that Smith is innocent. He plans to appeal.

McQueen’s late father, Mike McQueen, was New Orleans bureau chief for The Associated Press.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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