Court Adjourns Without Sentence For NC Soldier

The 14-member military panel determining a sentence for a North Carolina soldier convicted in the slayings of a mother and two of her daughters has adjourned without reaching a decision.

Court recessed at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday after the jury deliberated for more than two hours and also waited for the answer to its question on whether 52-year-old Master Sgt. Timothy Hennis, formerly of Ft. Bragg, would be eligible for parole with a life sentence.

Judge Col. Patrick Parrish told the jury that "life means life," and reminded jurors of his instructions to impose a sentence they view as fair.

Deliberations resume on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Hennis was convicted last week of the murders of 31-year-old Kathryn Eastburn and two of her three daughters in 1985. He faces a life sentence or the death penalty.

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