Military prosecutors have decided to appeal a court decision that overturned the conviction of Lawrence Hutchins, a former Marine sergeant and squad leader still behind bars in the 2006 execution-style killing of an Iraqi man.
Hutchins, 26, now in the brig at Camp Pendleton, was among seven Marines and a Navy corpsman sentenced in the killing. He was convicted in 2007 of unpremeditated murder and sentenced to a dishonorable discharge and 15 years in prison.
The prison sentence was reduced to 11 years by the commanding general. None of the other defendants served more than 16 months or are still in the military.
In April, the Washington, D.C.-based Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Hutchins' conviction on the grounds that he was denied a fair trial because one of his attorneys was allowed to leave the case just as it went to court-martial.