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Petty officer found guilty of murder

"Navy Petty Officer Paul A. Green was found guilty of murdering his wife and was sentenced to 37 years in prison during court martial proceedings in Bremerton last week.Green strangled his wife, 29-year-old Petty Officer Linda Roy, to death at their home in Navy housing on the Whidbey Island Seaplane base Sept. 21, 1999.After murdering her during an early morning domestic dispute, Green, 32, drove her body to the main gate of the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, apparently to get medical help for her. She was pronounced dead in the back seat of Green's car.Green was apparently upset because Roy filed for a divorce without his knowledge, according to a search warrant request filed with the Island County Superior Court Nov. 5, 1999.Green admitted to Navy investigators that he started strangling Roy, then stopped and went to the phone to call 911 for medical help. But he changed his mind. He took the phone cord and went back and strangled her with it, then finally smothered her with a pillow, the search warrant states.Roy was a third class petty officer at NAS Whidbey's aircraft intermediate maintenance department. Green was a hospital corpsman.Green and Roy did not have children living with them at the time of the murder, but Roy does have a daughter from a previous marriage.Green was convicted by a jury of Navy officers and enlisted. He could have faced the death penalty. He will be sent to a federal prison, though not necessarily Leavenworth.After Roy was murdered, Oak Harbor resident Art Tomlin created a Web site In Memory of Linda Roy. Visitors are invited to post comments about their memories of her. There are currently dozens of comments from many of her friends from all over the world.For example:Linda was an outstanding sailor in addition to her charm and warmth. THAT'S the kind of sailor I wish I could have served with more often in my career! Tomlin wrote. Worked hard, played hard, and actually gave a damn. God bless, Linda. Wish to God there were more of you, and I sincerely pray my former shipmates are blessed with the likes of women like you in the future. The United States Navy needs more like you, darlin'! Thanks, babe. "

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