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Sgt. Bales sentenced to life in prison without parole for Afghan massacre

A military jury sentenced Robert Bales, the Army Staff Sergeant who went on a killing spree while stationed in Afghanistan that left 16 civilians dead, to life in prison without parole today. In June, Bales pleaded guilty to charges of premeditated murder in order to avoid the death sentence. This…

Soldier who admitted to massacring Afghan villagers faces sentencing

The US Army sergeant who massacred 16 Afghan villagers in 2012 was expected to face survivors of the assault and relatives of its victims Tuesday as his sentencing hearing began. Robert Bales, 40, pleaded guilty in June to killing the villagers, nine of them children, and to burning their bodies,…

Lawyer for soldier accused of Afghan massacre charges military with ‘information blackout’

LOS ANGELES — The lawyer representing a US soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan villagers condemned Friday what he called an “information blackout” blocking him from preparing his defense case. Attorney John Henry Browne said his team had been prevented from interviewing witnesses and injured civilians in southern Afghanistan following…

Sgt. Robert Bales charged with 17 counts of murder in Afghan massacre

The sergeant who is alleged to have engaged in a masscre of Afghan civilians during a nighttime attack on March 11 has been charged with seventeen counts of premeditated murder, as well as counts of assault and attempted murder against six additional victims who survived their wounds. At least nine…

U.S. Army reviews mental health diagnoses

WASHINGTON — The US Army’s inspector general is investigating whether psychiatrists threw out diagnoses of post-traumatic stress for soldiers to save money, the civilian head of the army told lawmakers Wednesday. The review coincides with renewed concern over the psychological strain on American soldiers as military prosecutors investigate Staff Sergeant…

U.S. soldier seen as ‘level-headed’ before massacre

The US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians during a shooting rampage was known to friends and family as “level-headed,” his lawyers said Saturday as they planned to meet with him next week. The suspect, identified as 38-year-old US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, had served three combat tours…

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