FORT HOOD, Texas — An Army sergeant charged in the alleged drowning death of an Iraqi civilian was acquitted Friday night of involuntary manslaughter but convicted of assault by a military panel.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Perkins was charged in connection with a January 2004 incident near Samarra, Iraq, when two Iraqi curfew violators were forced into the Tigris River at gunpoint by U.S. soldiers.
Prosecutors say one of the Iraqis drowned, which the defense denied.
The six-man jury of Army officers and enlisted members, who deliberated 17 hours over two days, considered lesser charges against Perkins. They convicted him of assault consummated by battery in Zaidoun Fadel Hassoun's purported death.
Perkins, with 14 years of military service, was found guilty of aggravated assault in connection with Marwan Fadel Hassoun, who survived.