CommSta Killer to be Sentenced Tuesday

Jay Barrett/KMXT
Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. the convicted killer in the 2012 Kodiak Coast Guard murders will be sentenced.
James “Jim” Wells was convicted 10 weeks ago of killing two of his co-workers, Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle, at the Kodiak Coast Guard Base communications station.
Prosecutors contended Wells, also a retired Coast Guardsman, resented the growing influence of Belisle and Hopkins in the shop where he had been a nationally recognized antenna expert, and shot them both to death on April 12th, 2012.
The federal prosecutors did not seek the death penalty for Wells, but the 62-year-old will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

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