| ATLANTA, March 27
ATLANTA, March 27 A U.S. Army soldier accused of
using his wife's $500,000 life insurance benefits to fund an
anti-government militia group was convicted on Thursday of
killing her and their unborn child, a military spokesman said.
A military judge found Private Isaac Aguigui, 22, guilty of
asphyxiating his pregnant wife, Sergeant Deirdre Aguigui, in
2011 when she was stationed at Fort Stewart in southern Georgia,
said base spokesman Kevin Larson.
Army prosecutors did not seek the death penalty, meaning
Aguigui faces an automatic life sentence. He is already serving
a life-without-parole sentence after pleading guilty in a
civilian court in July to the separate murders of a fellow
soldier and his girlfriend.
Three other soldiers stationed at Fort Stewart were charged
in the December 2011 shooting deaths of soldier Michael Roark,
19, and his girlfriend, Tiffany York, 17.
Prosecutors said Aguigui and the three soldiers wanted to
stop the couple from exposing their anarchist militia group
called Forever Enduring Always Ready, or FEAR.
Aguigui funded the group's activities with the life
insurance payout he collected in July 2011, civilian prosecutors
The militia group was not raised in Aguigui's military
trial, Larson said, with prosecutors alleging that Aguigui
wanted his wife's life insurance money to start a security
"What happened later on was beyond the scope of this trial,"
The accused militia members, who were indicted by a civilian
grand jury in 2012, plotted to assassinate an American president
as well as to attack Fort Stewart and a dam in Aguigui's home
state of Washington, civilian prosecutors said.
The militia members also discussed poisoning the apple crop
in Washington and had purchased $87,000 worth of weapons to
carry out their planned attacks, according to prosecutors.
(Editing by Kevin Gray and G Crosse)