CAMP PENDLETON, California — A US soldier accused over the deaths of 24 Iraqis faced a sentence Tuesday of three months at the most after charges of manslaughter were dropped as part of a plea deal.
Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, who led a group of Marines whose other members have been let off, had faced nine counts of voluntary manslaughter and other charges over the 2005 killings of civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha.
He pleaded guilty to one count of negligent dereliction of duty Monday, and returned to court Tuesday for sentencing at Camp Pendleton in California, where the 31-year-old went to a military trial earlier this month.
Wuterich could also be reduced in rank to private, and have his pay cut by two-thirds for three months, he said, while stressing that the Marine accepted responsibility for giving the orders that led to the deaths.
NOTE BY THE EDITOR: IMPRESSIVE JUSTICE!!! (???)