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January 10, 2013
It is a homecoming that has taken more than six decades.
Tonight, the body of a mid-state soldier is back in Tennessee, 62 years after he was killed in Korea.
When you consider how long they've waited, it's easy to understand why this family is so glad to see something so sad.
"We're so honored, blessed and thankful," says sister Edna Kilgore.
An honor guard carries the remains of Private First Class Glenn Schoenmann.
The solider left Tennessee back in 1950.
Serving in Korea, PFC Schoenmann fought in the infamous battle of Chosin Reservoir.
He was captured by the enemy, held prisoner, and eventually died.
All these years his family only knew he was missing in action, until a DNA match helped rewrite history.
"They said I have good news, they said we've found your brother's remains," says brother Ernest Schoenmann.
"I cried and I said thank the Lord we can have a memorial for him," says Edna Kilgore.
Schoenmann's three brothers and sister are all here to greet him.
The solider receives a hero's welcome. Servicemen, veterans, and community members salute in honor.
"This nation still respects its veterans, no matter how long they've been gone," says TN Adjutant General Maj. General Max Haston.
The Schoenmann family finds itself in a unique position. They are saying hello while also saying goodbye.
Older brother Ernest remembers his last conversation with Glenn before he deployed.
"He knew where he was going, and he told me I don't think I'll ever come home alive...that was hard," says Ernest Schoenmann.
Waiting this long for closure has also been hard, but now Glenn Schoenmann is back.
He'll be laid to rest beside his parents.
His family says it's exactly where he belongs.
Private First Class Schoenmann will be remembered by friends and family in Grundy County.
Visitation will be Friday, and his funeral will be held at Grundy County High School on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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Tuesday, January 22 2013, 05:57 PM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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