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Thu May 30, 2013, 08:16 AM

JBLM soldier to plead guilty to Afghan massacre

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/05/29/2617059/ap-exclusive-soldier-to-admit.html



The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker soldier accused of massacring 16 Afghan civilians last year plans to plead guilty to the killings next week in a deal that will spare him the death penalty, his attorney said Wednesday.

JBLM soldier to plead guilty to Afghan massacre
ADAM ASHTON; Staff writer
Published: May 29, 2013 at 1:40 p.m. PDT — Updated: May 29, 2013 at 8:01 p.m. PDT

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker soldier accused of massacring 16 Afghan civilians last year plans to plead guilty to the killings next week in a deal that will spare him the death penalty, his attorney said Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales’ plea hearing is set for Wednesday, an Army official told The News Tribune.

Bales, a married father of two young children formerly of Lake Tapps, must give a full account of the killings and persuade a judge that he understands the charges against him.

He will plead guilty to 16 counts of premeditated murder, defense attorney John Henry Browne said.

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