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Vet Who Died In Prison Gets National Cemetery Plot

DENVER, Colo. - A World War II veteran who died in prison after pleading guilty to killing his wife is scheduled to be buried in Denver's Fort Logan National Cemetery, angering some other vets. Raymond R. Sawyer, a former Marine from Colorado, will be buried Tuesday. He died Aug. 11 at age 83 in an Arizona state prison, where he was serving 13 years for second-degree murder. His cause of death was not known.

Arizona officials say Sawyer's case wasn't considered a capital offense, the only level of crime that bars a veteran from burial in a national cemetery. Critics also say Sawyer once claimed to have received the Navy Cross, the Navy's second-highest medal for valor. A group chartered by Congress to track valor medals says it found no evidence to support Sawyer's claim.

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