US soldier gets 24 years for murders of 3 Afghans
In the not-too-distant past this boy and his cohorts would have faced a firing squad.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – A U.S. soldier who pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murders of three Afghan civilians was sentenced to 24 years in prison after saying “the plan was to kill people” in a conspiracy with four fellow soldiers.
Military judge Lt. Col. Kwasi Hawks said he initially intended to sentence Spc. Jeremy Morlock, of Wasilla, Alaska, to life in prison with possibility of parole but was bound by the plea deal.
The 22-year-old Morlock is a key figure in a war crimes probe that has raised some of the most serious criminal allegations to come from the war in Afghanistan. Army investigators accused him of taking a lead role in the killings of three unarmed Afghan men in Kandahar province in January, February and May 2010.
His sentencing Wednesday came hours after he pleaded guilty to three counts of murder, and one count each of conspiracy, obstructing justice and illegal drug use at his court martial at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, south of Seattle.
In the meantime various wingnuts confidently predict that the wicked lib media will try to use Morlock to smear fellow Wasilla resident Sarah Palin. To the best of my knowledge no outlet, lib or otherwise, has yet done so. Since Wasilla is a small town, there would be nothing improper about a cursory investigation to find whether any link exists. Nobody responsible is going to make such a connection just on the basis of both living in the same town though.