A 26-year-old former Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson soldier was sentenced to 62 years in prison Friday for murdering his wife in 2012 in their Anchorage home.


A jury found David Lopez guilty of first-degree murder back in June 2014 for shooting his wife Sara Lopez. On Dec. 12, 2012, Lopez’s wife brought their 2-year-old daughter to the JBER hospital over concerns about bruises on their child’s face, neck and ear, according to the Alaska Department of Law.


Anchorage police and the Office of Children’s Services were contacted about the girl’s condition and the child was taken from her mother. When his wife returned home, Lopez called OCS and threatened to shoot “everyone at the office unless his daughter was returned,” the DOL statement says.


He later called 911 to report he had shot Sara.


In addition to the 62-year sentence for first- and second-degree murder, Lopez also received one year for second-degree terroristic threatening and 15 days for resisting arrest.


This is a developing story.