Illinois veteran sentenced to 10 years for shooting

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CHAMPAIGN - A central Illinois veteran has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in connection with a shooting that occurred in 2012.

Mikal Washington, 35, received the sentence after pleading guilty but mentally ill to aggravated battery with a firearm.  Experts say Washington suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder when the incident happened.  Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a attempted first-degree murder charge in the plea deal.

Authorities say in December 2012, Washington shot his now ex-wife multiple times while she was driving him in their minivan.  Three psychologists said that Washington suffered from PTSD after serving in Kuwait and Afghanistan, with one saying that Washington's PTSD was worsened after being burned in an explosion at his workplace.

According to authorities, Washington could be released in six-and-a-half years with credit for time already served and good behavior.
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