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Ex-soldier, woman sentenced in death of child

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Fort Campbell soldier and a Tennessee woman have been sentenced life in prison after being convicted of beating to death a toddler.

The Leaf-Chronicle reported (http://leafne.ws/1mVBDA6 ) that the one-time soldier, 26-year-old Joshua Starner, and his ex-wife, 26-year-old Caitlyn Metz of Clarksville, each maintain their innocence in the death of their son, 23-month-old Keegan Metz. Keegan died from multiple blunt force trauma injuries on Feb. 7, 2009.

In May, a Montgomery County jury found Metz and Starner of two counts of felony murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect.

Starner and Metz also received 15-year sentences for abuse and neglect charges.

Starner will be 92 years old before he is eligible for parole. Metz will be 77.