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Wife’s Lover Gets Life for Killing Canadian Officer

November 25, 1996

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) _ A retired Air Force master sergeant was sentenced to life in prison Monday for killing his lover’s husband, a Canadian military officer, with a claw-hammer.

Prosecutors and the victim’s family wanted the death penalty for Ralph Crompton, convicted last month of bludgeoning Maj. David Turenne in the victim’s front yard Feb. 9.

Defense lawyers said they will appeal. Crompton testified that Turenne’s wife, Monique, hit her husband in the head while the two men were fighting.

Prosecutor Larry Basford called Crompton ``an assassin on a mission″ motivated by lust and jealousy.

Turenne, 42, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base with a U.S.-Canadian air defense unit. Crompton, 41, and Mrs. Turenne, 38, both worked for a base contractor.

Mrs. Turenne acknowledged setting up her husband by sending him on an errand, but said Crompton was only supposed to rough him up. She was charged as an accessory after the fact, but authorities are weighing more serious charges before deciding whether to seek extradition from Canada, where she is now.

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