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‘American Sniper’ Killer Is Still Collecting A Government Check

Eddie Ray Routh is on trial for murdering the “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and his friend at a Texas shooting range… and he’s collecting $2,800 a month in VA benefits, in addition to the $30,000 check in back-pay benefits he received from Uncle Sam after he was arrested for the double murder.

As the NYPost reports, Routh is still getting paid while he’s being represented by three court-appointed attorneys on the taxpayer’s dime, and the benefits will continue unless he’s convicted of murder.

Routh’s mother, Jodi, took the stand Tuesday and was asked by prosecutor Jane Starnes if she was aware that “after killing two men the VA deemed him to be disabled and gave him money.”

The killer’s mom admitted the money is being held in a bank account that she manages with her husband.

Prosecutors later asked if she was aware some of the money has gone toward a down payment for a house Routh’s sister purchased with her husband. She said she didn’t know.

This is ridiculous to say the least. You have someone who is arrested for murder, is being represented by taxpayer-paid attorneys, yet is still collecting federal benefits.

I think the rule should be that if you’re arrested on federal charges like capital murder, your government benefits should stop, and if you’re found not-guilty, then you should receive back payments.

What do you think? Let me know by commenting below.


Matt Schuck

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Matt Schuck is a staff writer for Daily Surge. He's a DC native who got his start in broadcasting doing stints at the legendary radio station DC101 and Hot 99.5, before being recruited by the Heritage Foundation to launch their first ever radio program. Matt has worked with SiriusXM, Phil Hendrie (Team America, Futurama), and as an executive producer for the John Fredericks Show.

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