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2 ex-Fort Bliss soldiers convicted in separate drug-related murders, each gets life sentence

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Zachary Johnston, left, and Eric Duvall, right.

EL PASO, Texas -- Two former Fort Bliss soldiers were convicted Thursday in separate murder cases tied to drugs, with each receiving a life prison sentence for their crimes.

Eric Duvall was convicted of capital murder in the Jan. 2016 drug-related slaying of teenager Michael Tapia in Montana Vista. The 16-year-old was shot in the back of the neck during what authorities said started out as a drug deal.

Duvall automatically receives a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Duvall’s accomplice in the killing, ex-soldier Tyler Hall, had previously admitted guilt and is currently serving out a 50-year prison sentence.

Meanwhile, yet another former Fort Bliss soldier pleaded guilty on Thursday to a lesser count of murder in a deal with prosecutors.

Zachary Johnston admitted to slitting the throat of fellow soldier Tyler Kaden Croke during a May 2017 drug robbery at an east El Paso apartment complex.

Johnston’s conviction sends him to prison for life, but with the possibility of parole.

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Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.



  1. Madmikes, Gee dubbs, nadodave, Jamesbens , K1DPR’s siblings running lose. Hailed and failed military maggots. Adopt a soldier for Christmas? Lol. Chale!!! Send them back!!

    1. This is coming from a loser, who got thrown out of the Navy for drugs. This is coming from a loser that only joined the Navy to avoid Vietnam. This is coming from a loser in his mid-sixties, living in government subsidized housing.

  2. One of them looks Asian. Who’s marrying Asians? Mexicans? Noop. DANG MADMIKE AND FRIENDS BRINGING ALL THE CRAP HERE!! Read history! Dumb asses like trump.

  3. Trump: make America great again. Marries Melania. Lol. Brings her family. Then lies to all his low IQ followers by advocating a tough stand on immigrants. Ole little Barron is a 1/2 foreigner. Like nadodave, interracial marriage but tough on immigrants. Lol. Yet his grandkids and kids are halfers!! HYPOCRITES.

  4. Me and family: 100% mexican. And proud. Why we LIVE, WORK, SUPPORT, and PROUD OF EL PASO. No sellouts here. No shaky crap Mumbo jumbo like gee Dubb, madmike, and his Flaky homebodies. They are married to mexican women! Lol. The women work and they stay home sniffing their crotch. Liberals! RINOS.

    1. I guess that KVIA no longer monitors the postings here, or they wouldn’t allow your racist rantings to be published, and you would be banned here, like you are on all other news outlets.

  5. Madmikes and his weaklings claiming mental illness. Now our taxes have to pay for the poor upbringing Of the hailed and failed AND NOW JAILED , maggots. Congrats to Jamesben and his gang for a wonderful job raising these wonderful heroes.

  6. Wow the KVIA trolls are really angry about a story that has nothing to do with them. Let’s pray for them and hope they get into the X-mas spirit folks. Fero2A has been naughty so I doubt Santa will bring him anything.

  7. I would like to know what units they were in. It seems that Ft Bliss has a big drug and alcohol problem. If they aren’t getting drunk and killing themselves on their rice rockets, they are killing others in dope deals or while hopped up.

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