Army deserter convicted of killing West Virginia minister

WAYNE, W.Va. — An Army deserter faces up to life in prison for his role in the slaying of a West Virginia minister.

Stephen Wilson of Cincinnati was convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree aggravated robbery Thursday night in Wayne County Circuit Court.

The 21-year-old Wilson faces 10 years to 40 years on the murder charge and 10 years to life on the robbery charge. The charges stemmed from the death of the Rev. Mark McCalla in June 2008 at a gun range in the Beech Fork Wildlife Management Area.

Co-defendant Daniel Smith of Newport News, Va., is serving a life sentence with the chance for parole after being convicted in August of first-degree murder.

The Army has said Wilson and Smith went absent without leave from Fort Drum, N.Y., in May 2008.

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