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Gary Smith sentenced to 28 years in Michael McQueen's murder

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A former Army Ranger convicted of killing his roommate in Gaithersburg who served with him in Afghanistan was sentenced to 28 years behind bars.

In a retrial in September, Gary Smith was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2008 death of Michael McQueen.

A Montgomery County judge sentenced Smith to 10 years for involunary manslaughter and 20 years for using a handgun during a felony. The judge suspended all but 18 years on the weapons charge.

Following his death, Smith changed his account on how his roommate died, claiming McQueen committed suicide.

He also told investigators he wasn't home, but later admitted he was there at the time of McQueen's death. Smith says he loaded his gun and left it near his roommate.

After McQueen was shot, Smith said he panicked and took the gun, tossing it. 

Smith was found guilty of killing McQueen in 2008 but Maryland's high court threw out the conviction because it stated that important information wasn’t provided to the jury.

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