Soldier Who Massacred Afghan Civilians Sentenced

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (August 23, 2013)—A court-martial jury Friday sentenced Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year, to life in prison without a chance of parole.

Bales pleaded guilty in June in a deal to avoid the death penalty for one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Bales took the witness stand Thursday and apologized for the predawn attack in March 2012, describing it as an act of cowardice.

Bales, a father of two from Lake Tapps, Wash., was serving his fourth combat deployment when he left his outpost at Camp Belambay, in Kandahar province, in the middle of the night to attack two villages.

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