Then Ganthier, of Central Islip, reportedly wrapped the body in a blanket, dumped in in the trunk of his car and drove it to a remote spot in Connecticut. But it took forensic experts five days to ID Koster because Ganthier reportedly skinned a tattoo off her back, hacked off her head, fingers and toes, and set the remains on fire. 1st Class Ervin Graves, 34, (below-center) was found guilty in the shooting death of 2nd Lt. The jury deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours before returning its verdict.
After a night of partying, Rebecca Koster was dropped off at her home by her boyfriend and two friends.She was home alone when 30-year-old Evan Ganthier reportedly slipped in and plunged a knife into her chest four times. He also was convicted of felony murder, attempted rape and assault while attempting to commit rape."I don't know who he is," says Koster's stepfather, Larry Ross of Medford. Graves faces a minimum sentence of life in prison for felony murder, and maximum sentences of 20 years each for attempted rape and assault while attempting to commit rape. Crossing a Social Line There, prosecutors assert, Sergeant Graves approached Lieutenant Bryant, perhaps to ask her to dance -- the kind of social encounter between an officer and enlisted person, or non-com, that has traditionally been almost unheard of."No one in the family, nor her friends, know who he is. Graves, who pleaded not guilty and didn't testify during the three days of evidence presentation, showed no emotion when the verdict was announced. Bryant, an honors graduate of Princeton University and the daughter of a Lt. She asked him to leave her alone and headed for nearby Hardy Hall, where she and Sergeant Graves lived a few doors apart.
It's like he dropped out of the sky to kill my daughter. Colonel, had been at the base for only a month when she was killed about 3 a.m. She was a newly commissioned second lieutenant, paying back an ROTC scholarship. She then called her boyfriend in California, using a public telephone in the second-floor corridor rather than the private phone in her room to avoid disturbing her roommate.
Early in the morning of July 10, Lieutenant Bryant and another female soldier went to the Stilwell Lounge, a bar in the basement of Moon Hall, one of the two nondescript dormitories in which the traditionally very separate world of officers and enlisted personnel merged temporarily for participants in the six-week summer R. Her boyfriend later recalled that the phone went dead in mid-sentence.