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The Birmingham News, Birmingham, AL, 12/19/02

Saturday, March 1, 2003

Marine Corps Sgt. James Lowery was on leave in his hometown of Gardendale, Ala., at the end of an eventful year. Lowery had started the year by marrying his sweetheart, April Leigh Fitzgerald, and soon after he spent two months in Afghanistan. Now he was home enjoying the holidays with family and had stopped at the drive-in window of the local McDonalds for a quick bite. That's when a man with a .38-cal. handgun ordered him out of his customized Chevy Suburban. Lowery complied and got out of his SUV, but the man then shot the Marine in the face. Lowery reached back into his vehicle, drew a .45-cal. pistol and shot his assailant several times. The robber, Thaddeus Antone, was pronounced dead at the scene. Lowery was listed in fair condition at a local hospital.

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