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Colorado Springs court for veterans persists 5 years on

A soldier's post-war crime convinced a Colorado Springs lawyer something had to change. Public defender Sheilagh McAteer represented Kenneth Eastridge, an Iraq war vet charged in the 2007 slaying of a fellow Fort Carson soldier off base. Eastridge was convicted of accessory to murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The experience prompted her to look for ways to keep vets charged with much lesser crimes out of prison, McAteer said. In 2010, she helped found one of the nation's first veterans trauma courts. More than 250 vets have enrolled in the Colorado Springs court. Nearly half have successfully completed the program. Others are still working their way through. There...