An Iraq war veteran was gunned down in Indianapolis — reportedly over an iPad.
Sgt. 1st Class James Vester responded to a Craigslist ad on Wednesday and headed for the city’s west side, where he was robbed and murdered by two teenage brothers, according to police and media reports.
The married father of a 1-year-old boy wanted to buy the iPad as a Christmas gift for his parents, WISHTV reported.
Authorities quickly focused on brothers Tryon, 19, and 18-year-old Tyshaune Kincade in the heartless killing.
An Indiana teen received a 50-year prison sentence on Wednesday in the killing of an Iraq war veteran who was responding to a Craigslist ad for an iPad.
Tyshaune Kincade, 19, pleaded guilty last month in Indianapolis for the cold-blooded slaying of 32-year-old James Vester.
“You murdered a man who fought for your freedom in Iraq,” dad Walter Vester said during the sentencing hearing on Wednesday, WTHR reported.
EXCLUSIVE: Heartbroken wife of soldier lured to death by fake iPad ad reveals she warned him about deal an hour before he was shot dead and told him to take a gun
Jim Vester went to a rough neighborhood to buy an iPad he had seen advertised on Craigslist by two strangers
His wife Jamie only felt better about him going when he told her that he borrowed a gun from a friend and had it with him as he headed to the deal
His last words to Jamie were by phone when he was about to get out of the car to meet the sellers: ‘I’m here, I’ve got to go, I love you’
He was shot dead by two brothers who posted the ad online
Vester, an Army veteran who served one tour in Iraq, earned an Army Achievement medal and Meritorious Service medal before his death but had not physically been given the awards by the time he died
Jamie has now been presented the awards in her husband’s honor
The incident happened at the Wyckford Commons Apartments near Girls School Road and West 10th Street around 4 p.m., officials with the Wayne Township Fire Department said.