(Stars and Stripes)

In August, the family of Army soldier Vanessa Guillen received some degree of closure in the case of her slaying at Fort Hood (now Fort Cavazos) in 2020.

Cecily Aguilar, the only suspect arrested in Guillen’s death, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in November 2022 to one count of accessory to murder and three counts of making a false statement. Aguilar aided her then-boyfriend, Army Spc. Aaron Robinson, in dismembering and disposing of Guillen’s body in a rural, wooded area near the base, according to federal and state authorities. Robinson died by suicide on July 1, 2020, the same day Guillen’s body was found.

In July 2020, Military Matters kicked off its second season with a deep dive into Guillen’s case. Host Rod Rodriguez spoke with the Guillen family’s lawyer, Natalie Khawam, and Stars and Stripes reporter Rose Thayer about how the family suspected something was wrong the day Guillen disappeared, Fort Hood and the Army’s response to the killing and the family’s efforts to piece together her final hours.

You can find Military Matters on Twitter @stripesmmpod.

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A transcript of the episode can be found here.

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Brian McElhiney is a digital editor, podcast editor and occasional reporter for Stars and Stripes. He has worked as a music reporter and editor for publications in New Hampshire, Vermont, New York and Oregon. One of his earliest journalistic inspirations came from reading Stars and Stripes as a kid growing up in Okinawa, Japan.

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