A US military court has convicted an American soldier of three counts of premeditated murder for leading a rogue “kill team” in Afghanistan.
Sgt Calvin Gibbs, 26, admitted cutting and keeping fingers from corpses as war trophies, but said he was returning enemy fire and did not set out to kill.
He was given life for 15 convictions related to the killing of three men, but could be paroled within nine years.
Three co-defendants in the case pleaded guilty, and two testified against him.
Gibbs, from Billings, Montana, was the highest-ranking of the soldiers charged with murder.