Pfc. George D. MacDonald was sentenced Saturday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2008 murder of fellow basic trainee Pvt. Rick Bulmer.
MacDonald, who was found guilty of all charges and convicted of premeditated murder by court-martial Friday, will also receive a reduction to E1 and a dishonorable discharge.
Bulmer, 23, of Squaw Valley, Ca., was in his third day of basic training when he was attacked May 18, 2008 in his Sand Hill barracks room. MacDonald, 20, of Floyd, Va., stabbed Bulmer multiple times with a knife then assaulted another soldier when he and others responded to the victim's cries for help. MacDonald then fled the scene, but was later apprehended by a drill sergeant after a struggle and another attempt to flee.
MacDonald will serve his sentence at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.