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Military Justice

Appeals court upholds murder conviction of USMC master sergeant

WASHINGTON The Marine Corps explosives specialist could not disarm himself. Drunk and combat-stressed, Master Sgt. Nathaniel L. Cosby killed an escort he met well after midnight. By then he had been drinking, he said, for 10 hours straight. Now, Cosby will spend years in prison following a military court's rejection of the appeal of his unpremeditated murder conviction for the killing of a Portland, Ore.-based prostitute named Ivy. The fate of Ivy's boyfriend and pimp, an aspiring rapper named Mark "Meezilini Da Bank'Roll" Miles Jr., has likewise been newly settled, with his sentencing Wednesday to three years in prison on a sex trafficking charge. All that's...