Soldier convicted of killing man

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas (AP) — A military jury at Fort Leavenworth has convicted a 22-year-old Missouri soldier of a murder committed while he was home for his wife’s funeral.

Justin Cannon, an Army specialist from Peculiar, Mo., was found guilty Thursday of murder without premeditation in the death of Michael Griggs, whose body was found in Truman Lake in August 2011. He was charged with premeditated murder in Griggs’ death, but the jury found him guilty of the lesser charge.

Cannon was on his way to Fort Benning, Ga., in July 2011 when he learned his wife, Amber Cannon, had died in Grandview from an overdose.

Prosecutors say while he was home for her funeral, Justin Cannon hit Griggs in the head with a rock.

Sentencing is Friday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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