ARLINGTON, Texas — A former Army soldier was sentenced to 75 years in prison in the fatal shooting of a bystander who tried to make a citizen’s arrest in a Dallas-area parking lot after the serviceman shot and wounded his wife.
A judge in Fort Worth sentenced 24-year-old Ricci Bradden on Thursday. A day earlier, the judge found Bradden guilty of murder in the 2016 death of 35-year-old Anthony “T.J.” Antell. Bradden was also found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
At the time of the shooting, Bradden was a private with Fort Hood’s 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, working as a petroleum supply specialist.
Police have said Antell, a former Marine, saw Bradden shoot at his wife’s feet during an argument outside of a Walgreens, striking her once. Police have said Antell then retrieved a handgun from his vehicle and confronted Bradden, but Bradden slapped it away and fatally shot Antell.
Bradden drove away and later turned himself in to authorities. At one point, he called his commanders at Fort Hood and confessed, according to an arrest warrant.
Bradden claimed self-defense.