Ex-soldier pleads no contest in girlfriend's death

8:19 PM, Jan 22, 2013   |    comments
Timothy Andrew Putnam
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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A former Fort Campbell soldier has pleaded no contest to the Christmas Day 2010 shooting death of his girlfriend.

The Leaf Chronicle reports 29-year-old Timothy Andrew Putnam was sentenced to 15 years Tuesday for the death of 34-year-old Samantha Marie Miller.

Putnam had been scheduled to go on trial next Monday. He entered the no contest plea to second-degree murder.

When he was arrested, Putnam was identified as a military police officer assigned to the 561st Military Police Company at Fort Campbell. His family previously said he was dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and had recently returned from deployment.

Miller's obituary said she was a U.S. Army veteran. She had six children.

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