Man gets 30 years for shooting war vet Kendrick James outside Colorado Springs bar in June 2012

Dwight Lovele Gordon Jr. claimed self-defense

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A 28-year-old man who shot and killed an Afghanistan war veteran outside a bar in Colorado Springs has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports Dwight Lovele Gordon Jr. was sentenced Friday for the June 2, 2012, death of 22-year-old Spc. Kendrick James, of Mer Rouge, La. Gordon struck a deal with prosecutors last year and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Gordon, who says he was acting in self-defense, is accused of shooting James during a fight that spilled out of the now-shuttered Golden Cue tavern, in June of 2012.

James had joined the Army in 2009 and had deployed once to Afghanistan. He was a member of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, part of Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division.

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