National guardsman’s killer sentenced to life in prison, with chance for parole

Michael Rodriguez wasn't arrested until five years after the murder

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Michael Rodriguez is seen here in Hampden Superior Court during his sentencing on April 19, 2017 for the 2009 murder of Julian Cartie.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The man convicted of killing a Connecticut National Guardsman in Springfield more than eight years ago has been sentenced to life in prison.

A jury found Michael Rodriguez guilty of second degree murder in connection with the 2009 shooting death of Julian Cartie. Members of Cartie’s family spoke about the pain of losing their loved one during Rodriguez’ sentencing Wednesday morning at Hampden Superior Court in Springfield. Rodriguez’ attorney told the court that his client is sorry about what happened.

Rodriguez will be eligible for parole in 15 years, but was also sentenced to two to five years in prison and two and a half years in jail on separate weapons charges.

Julian Cartie

Cartie was shot and killed in Springfield back in February 2009, the same year he was scheduled to be deployed to Iraq. According to prosecutors, the shooting happened after a confrontation between the two men.

Prosecutors said Cartie was heading to a restaurant with his brother and a friend after visiting clubs in downtown Springfield, when they got into a dispute with people in a car around 2:00 a.m. That’s when one of the occupants in the car got out and starting shooting, striking Cartie three times.

Rodriguez was arrested five years later, shortly after the 22News I-Team aired the surveillance video of the shooting.

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