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Man guilty of killing soldier who helped homeless


Highlights

U.S. Army Sgt. Ating Eminue survived three tours in Afghanistan.

He was shot and killed in 2015 after he gave a pair of shoes to a homeless man.

Harold Dodson was sentenced to life in prison.

Harold Dodson was sentenced to life in prison.

A Fulton County jury found a man guilty of killing an Army sergeant who had just given away money and shoes to a homeless man in Atlanta, officials said Friday.

MORE: Trial starts in death of Gwinnett soldier shot while helping homeless

Harold Dodson did not know U.S. Army Sgt. Ating Eminue, who was on his way to a nearby nightclub on Aug. 30, 2015, when he stopped near the homeless shelter at Peachtree and Pine streets and offered to help a man without shoes.

Dodson saw the Lawrenceville man’s “act of kindness and loudly stated that the shoes were a counterfeit brand,” Fulton County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Dontaye Carter said.

Dodson shot Eminue a total of four times in the chest, left arm and scrotum, Carter said. Eminue, who had survived three tours in Afghanistan, died on the scene.

A bystander was shot in the leg, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

Police identified Dodson as the suspect a day after the deadly shooting, but did not arrest him until Oct. 23, 2015, Carter said. They caught him hiding in his father’s kitchen cabinet.

MORE: Man held in Georgia Army National Guardsman’s slaying

After the guilty verdict, Dodson was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years without the possibility of parole.

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