SEATTLE (AP) - A federal jury has found a Vietnam veteran guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a woman on the Lummi Indian reservation near Bellingham 21 years ago. Henry Keeler Redlightning faces an automatic sentence of life in prison for the death of Rita Disangh. Redlightning confessed to FBI agents last year that he strangled her after a party at Fish Point, leaving her body in a slough of the Nooksack River. Redlightning's lawyers took issue with the way the confession was obtained. They said FBI agents triggered his post-traumatic stress disorder by asking him about Vietnam before asking him about the murder, and that made him susceptible to giving a false confession. But Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Diggs says Redlightning provided details that matched the facts of the crime. The jury deliberated for about five hours before returning its verdict.
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