Jury Spares Life Of Former Texas Soldier In Iraq Rape-Slaying

PADUCAH, Ky. (May 21,2009)—After 10-and-a-half hours of deliberation over two days, a civilian jury Thursday afternoon in Paducah, Ky. decided on a life prison sentence for former soldier Steven Green of Texas, whom jurors earlier convicted of the rape of an Iraqi teenager and the murder of the girl and her family.

Jurors could not agree on a death sentence for the former 101st Airborne Division soldier.

Deliberations in the punishment phase of the trial started early Wednesday afternoon.

On May 7, the jury convicted Green, 24, of Midland, of raping and killing 14-year-old Abeer Qassim al-Janabi and shooting her family to death in March 2006, near Mahmoudiya, Iraq, south of Baghdad.

During closing arguments Wednesday, federal prosecutors said Green should be sentenced to death because of the brutality of the crime.

Green's attorneys told jurors he should be spared a death sentence.

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