Image Source: Business Insider

BY JEREMY TRUITT

ANCHOR JAMAL ANDRESS

The U.S. Army has confirmed it will seek the death penalty for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales in the March massacre of 16 Afghans, nine of whom were children.

KIRO reports the announcement comes after a pretrial hearing last month in which prosecutors accuse Bales of 16 counts of premeditated murder among numerous other charges resulting from the rampage.

Bales allegedly left his base in Afghanistan early in the morning and shot multiple civilians as they slept. He then returned to his base before going out again, killing the 16 victims and even burning some of the bodies. (Via MSNBC)

At the hearing last month, prosecutors charged that Bales acted deliberately and purposefully, possibly out of revenge for a fellow soldier who had lost a leg in a bomb attack. The defense argued Bales’ use of steroids and alcohol complicates his case by clouding his mental state.

Death sentences for U.S. soldiers are not common. The New York Times reports that the sitting U.S. president must approve of the death sentence, but that has only happened once. The last time a soldier was executed was in 1961, citing the appeals and other legal processes. But several have been handed death sentences.

Since the system for military prosecutions in capital cases was revised in 1984, 16 men have been sentenced to death and five are on death row. Nine of those sentences were set aside on appeal and two were commuted to life in confinement.”


 

US Army to Seek Death Penalty For Soldier in Afghan Massacre

by
0
Transcript
Dec 19, 2012

US Army to Seek Death Penalty For Soldier in Afghan Massacre

Image Source: Business Insider

BY JEREMY TRUITT

ANCHOR JAMAL ANDRESS

The U.S. Army has confirmed it will seek the death penalty for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales in the March massacre of 16 Afghans, nine of whom were children.

KIRO reports the announcement comes after a pretrial hearing last month in which prosecutors accuse Bales of 16 counts of premeditated murder among numerous other charges resulting from the rampage.

Bales allegedly left his base in Afghanistan early in the morning and shot multiple civilians as they slept. He then returned to his base before going out again, killing the 16 victims and even burning some of the bodies. (Via MSNBC)

At the hearing last month, prosecutors charged that Bales acted deliberately and purposefully, possibly out of revenge for a fellow soldier who had lost a leg in a bomb attack. The defense argued Bales’ use of steroids and alcohol complicates his case by clouding his mental state.

Death sentences for U.S. soldiers are not common. The New York Times reports that the sitting U.S. president must approve of the death sentence, but that has only happened once. The last time a soldier was executed was in 1961, citing the appeals and other legal processes. But several have been handed death sentences.

Since the system for military prosecutions in capital cases was revised in 1984, 16 men have been sentenced to death and five are on death row. Nine of those sentences were set aside on appeal and two were commuted to life in confinement.”


 

View More
Comments
Newsy
www1