August 11, 2007 |
The last of five infantry squad members who pleaded guilty in the kidnapping and killing last year of an unarmed Iraqi man in Hamandiya was freed Friday after a review of his sentence. Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis, commanding general of Marine Forces Central Command, ordered the release of Marine Pvt. Robert Pennington, who had served 15 months of an eight-year sentence, after a meeting at Camp Pendleton with Pennington and his parents.
August 10, 2007 |
The Marine Corps announced Thursday that it had dropped charges against Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt, who was accused of murdering three Iraqi brothers in November 2005. Sharratt was one of eight Marines initially accused in the slayings of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha after a roadside bomb killed a Marine. Four enlisted men were charged with the killings and four officers with dereliction of duty for not ordering a war crimes investigation. Lt. Gen. James N.
August 8, 2007 |
Two Marines who admitted taking part in the kidnapping and killing of an unarmed Iraqi man have been released from the brig at Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps announced Tuesday, leaving only one of the five men who pleaded guilty still behind bars. Tyler A. Jackson and Jerry E. Shumate Jr. were ordered released by Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis, commanding general of the Marine Forces Central Command.
August 5, 2007 |
A soldier convicted of the rape and murder of an Iraqi teenager and the murders of her family members was sentenced Saturday to 110 years in prison. The sentence was part of a plea agreement attorneys for Army Pfc. Jesse Spielman had made with prosecutors that set the number of years he could serve in prison, regardless of the jury's recommendation. He will be eligible for parole after 10 years.
August 4, 2007 |
The ringleader of a plot by Marines to kidnap and kill an Iraqi man in Hamandiya last year was given a dishonorable discharge Friday and sentenced to 15 years in prison, the harshest sentence of the eight men convicted in the case. Prosecutors in the court-martial of Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III had sought 30 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge. Hutchins, a squad leader, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and unpremeditated murder.
July 31, 2007 |
A Ft. Campbell soldier accused of acting as a lookout while his colleagues attacked and killed a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and her family pleaded guilty to lesser offenses as his court-martial began on rape and murder charges. Pfc. Jesse V. Spielman, 22, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice, arson, wrongfully touching a corpse, and drinking in the March 2006 attack on Abeer Kassem Hamza Janabi and her family. He still faces trial on more serious charges.
July 25, 2007 |
With tears in his eyes and his voice breaking, a Marine lance corporal facing six murder charges told a hearing officer Tuesday that he did not realize there were Iraqi women and children in the line of fire when he began hurling grenades and firing his M-16. "It was dark," said Lance Cpl. Stephen B. Tatum. "I couldn't make out a lot -- just targets.... I didn't know there were women and children in that house until later." Tatum, 26, of Edmond, Okla.
July 4, 2007 |
Federal prosecutors filed notice that they would seek the death penalty if former soldier Steven D. Green is convicted of killing an Iraqi family and raping a 14-year-old girl. The notice, filed in U.S. District Court in Louisville, cites 12 alleged offenses related to the slayings, including that the deaths were premeditated, involved sexual abuse and were committed with a firearm. Green, 22, a former 101st Airborne Division soldier, was indicted Nov. 1 in the rape and slayings.
July 3, 2007 |
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating "credible allegations of wrongdoing" by Marines during a battle in Fallouja, Iraq, in late 2004, the agency confirmed Monday. NCIS spokesman Ed Buice declined to provide details. The investigation was revealed Saturday by the North (San Diego) County Times, which cited sources saying that five to 10 Marines were being investigated in the deaths of captured insurgents.
July 2, 2007 |
The day that would produce the biggest case of alleged atrocities by U.S. troops in Iraq began simply. On Nov. 19, 2005, a squad of Marines moved out before dawn to take hot chow and a code-changing device to an outpost a few miles away. They planned to get back while the sun was barely rising over the Euphrates River. The Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, had arrived in Haditha six weeks earlier from Camp Pendleton.