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Navy SEAL's Mom: Conviction of Chris Kyle's Killer 'Bittersweet'

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 03:50 PM

The mother of the first U.S. Navy SEAL killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom says the conviction of "American Sniper" hero Chris Kyle's murderer is a "relief, but also decidedly "bittersweet."

"There were tears when I found out," Debbie Lee said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"It's definitely one of those bittersweet moments. I was relieved to know that finally justice had been served … and that part of it is now behind those who knew Chris."

Lee — founder of America's Mighty Warriors and mother of slain Navy SEAL Marc Allen Lee — closely followed the trial of Eddie Ray Louth, a former Marine who claimed he was insane when he shot dead Kyle and Chad Littlefield at a Texas shooting range two years ago.

On Tuesday, a jury convicted Routh following testimony about his erratic behavior, including statements about anarchy, the apocalypse and pig-human hybrids. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Kyle's death came following the success of his best-selling book, "American Sniper," which chronicled his heroic protection of American troops in the Middle East and was made into a blockbuster movie of the same name.

Lee, who knew Kyle and Littlefield, told Steve Malzberg:

"[Chris'] family, his friends, his teammates, Chad Littlefield's family — that's behind them and they can begin another stage of going through that grieving process.

"Like I said, there were tears when I found out. Justice for them but very much tears of missing Chris. He was like family to me and it was a double whammy losing him after I had lost Mark.

"Both Chris and Mark made it very clear what their mission would be and Chris' motto is to serve those who served us … We carry on in memory of these guys and making sure that we do take care of our troops and we do take care of their families that are left behind."

Lee said she didn't buy Louth's claim of suffering post traumatic stress disorder that created an insanity that led to the killings.

"He had tried to do harm to several family members as a teenager before he even went in the military," she said.

"I still hear people talking about the PTSD, poor guy, [and] I'm like, are you kidding me? Please, no, this is not a case. Do not discredit those of our men and women who are struggling with it and who, by the way, don't go out and commit murder."

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