Zachary Johnston (Photo via Doña Ana County Jail)

A former Fort Bliss solider stood bruised and badly injured in court Thursday as he pleaded guilty to cutting the throat of another soldier during a 2017 drug robbery.

Zachary Johnston, who appeared in court in an orange jail jumpsuit and shackles around his ankles, pleaded guilty Thursday to a lesser count of murder as part of a plea agreement with state prosecutors.

He also appeared in court with two black eyes, bruises and cuts all over his face after he was involved in a jailhouse fight.

Johnston was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in connection with the brutal slaying of Tyler Kaden Croke, 23, on May 7, 2017, during a drug robbery at the Cantera Apartments in East El Paso. Croke, 23, was in the U.S. Army and served a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

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A former Army soldier was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Thursday for stealing weapons from Fort Bliss, along with other charges.

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(U.S. Army photo)

An active-duty U.S. soldier died Saturday at Big Bend National Park after he slipped and fell into the Rio Grande.

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A Fort Bliss soldier is being investigated by U.S. Army officials over suspected ties to a neo-Nazi terrorist organization.

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Sgt. Lance E. Colbert, left, is accused of killing Staff Sgt. Amy Colbert, right. (U.S. Army photo)

A Fort Bliss soldier was formally charged with murder in connection with his wife's death, military officials said Monday.

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U.S. Army Soldiers with 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, arrive at Berlin, Germany as part of an emergency deployment readiness exercise, March 19, 2019. (U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Kris Bonet)

WIESBADEN, Germany — About 1,500 soldiers from Fort Bliss arrived in Europe on Tuesday to illustrate the Army's ability to rapidly alert, recall and deploy under emergency conditions.

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