Barack Obama has commuted the death sentence handed down to former soldier Dwight Loving (pictured), who is being held on the military's death row
Barack Obama has commuted the sentence handed down to a former soldier being held on the military's death row.
Dwight Loving's sentence was one of the 209 commutations handed down by the President on Tuesday, in one of his final acts before leaving the White House.
Loving, a former private first-class, had his punishment reduced from death to life in prison without parole.
The 47-year-old was convicted over the killings of two cab drivers in Texas in December 1988.
He was stationed at the Fort Hood Army base at the time.
One of the drivers, Christopher Fay, was a 20-year-old Army Private and part-time cabbie when he was gunned down. The other, 44-year-old Bobby Sharbino, was a retired Army sergeant.
A third cab driver, Howard Harrison, escaped Loving after he managed to knock a gun out of the convicted killer's hands.
Loving (pictured) was convicted over the killings of two cab drivers in Texas in December 1988
Loving was found guilty by a military judge of two counts of premeditated murder and one count of