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Criminal cases against U.S. soldiers

Posted in the database on Saturday, July 01st, 2006 @ 19:05:22 MST (1601 views)
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A look at criminal cases against U.S. soldiers stemming from the deaths of Iraqis since the war began in 2003:

PENDING CASES:

_Pfc. Corey R. Clagett, Spc. Juston R. Graber, Staff Sgt. Raymond L. Girouard and Spc. William B. Hunsaker charged with premeditated murder of three male detainees in Salahuddin province in May. Clagett, Girouard and Hunsaker also charged with obstructing justice for allegedly threatening to kill another soldier who was a witness in the case.

_Hospitalman Third Class Melson J. Bacos; Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III; Lance Cpl. Tyler A. Jackson; Pfc. John J. Jodka; Cpl. Marshall L. Magincalda; Lance Cpl. Robert B. Pennington; Lance Cpl. Jerry E. Shumate Jr.; and Marine Cpl. Trent D. Thomas charged with premeditated murder in April shooting death of Iraqi man in Hamdania. All eight also charged with kidnapping, larceny, conspiracy, assault and housebreaking.

_Five U.S. Army soldiers from 502nd Infantry Regiment being investigated for allegedly raping a young woman in March, then killing her and three members of her family in Mahmoudiyah, south of Baghdad, a U.S. military official tells The Associated Press.

_National Guard Sgt. Milton Ortiz Jr. and Spc. Nathan B. Lynn charged in shooting death of unarmed Iraqi man near Ramadi in February. Both also charged with obstructing justice. Lynn charged with voluntary manslaughter. Ortiz also faces charges of assault and communicating a threat in separate incident involving another Iraqi man.

_Capt. James Kimber, Capt. Lucas M. McConnell, Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich and an unidentified Marine under investigation for killings of two dozen unarmed Iraqi civilians in western town of Haditha on Nov. 19, 2005 in revenge attack after one of their own died in a roadside bombing. Probe focusing on allegations that the Marines stormed into nearby homes and shot occupants as well as others outside, according to U.S. lawmakers briefed by military officials. Separately, the military also investigating if there was a coverup. Iraqi government said it will also investigate.

_Chief Warrant Officer Jefferson L. Williams, Sgt. 1st Class William Sommer and Spc. Jerry Loper charged with murder and dereliction of duty, along with Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer, an incident in resulting in death of Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush after an interrogation in 2003 at a detention camp in al Qaim. Army dropped murder charges against Williams and Loper in exchange for testimony against Welshofer. Murder charge against Sommer also dropped. Both Sommer and Williams face possible administrative discipline.

CONVICTIONS:

_Staff Sgt. Cardenas J. Alban convicted of killing severely wounded 16-year-old Iraqi during fighting in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood. Sentenced to one year's confinement, demoted to private and given bad-conduct discharge.

_Staff Sgt. Johnny Horne Jr. pleaded guilty to unpremeditated murder in same case as Alban. Sentenced to three years in prison, had rank reduced to private, forfeited wages and given dishonorable discharge. Horne's prison sentence later reduced to one year.

_Cpl. Dustin Berg of Indiana National Guard convicted and sentenced to 18 months in military prison for shooting death of Iraqi police officer.

_Spc. Rami Dajani convicted of making a false statement following fatal shooting of Iraqi translator. Sentenced to 18 months' confinement and given a reduction in rank and bad conduct discharge.

_Spc. Charley L. Hooser convicted of involuntary manslaughter in same case involving Dajani. Hooser sentenced to three years in prison and given a reduction in rank and bad conduct discharge. Also convicted of making a false statement to investigators.

_Capt. Rogelio "Roger" Maynulet convicted of assault with intent to commit voluntary manslaughter in shooting death of wounded Iraqi. Received no prison time but was dismissed from armed forces.

_Pvt. Federico Daniel Merida of North Carolina National Guard pleaded guilty to killing 17-year-old Iraqi soldier after the two had consensual sex. Sentenced to 25 years in prison, given a reduction in rank and was dishonorably discharged.

_Marine Maj. Clarke Paulus convicted of dereliction of duty and maltreatment in case stemming from death of Iraqi prisoner who was dragged out of holding cell by the neck, stripped naked and left outside for seven hours in June 2003. Paulus, who commanded the Marine detention facility Camp Whitehorse in southern Iraq, was dismissed from the service but received no prison time.

_Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Perkins acquitted of involuntary manslaughter in alleged drowning of Iraqi man but convicted of assault for forcing the man and his cousin into Tigris River. Sentenced to six months in prison.

_1st Lt. Jack Saville pleaded guilty to assault and other crimes in same incident as Perkins. Sentenced to 45 days in military prison.

_Pfc. Edward Richmond convicted of voluntary manslaughter for shooting Iraqi in back of head. Received three years in prison.

_Sgt. Michael P. Williams convicted in court-martial of one count of premeditated murder and one count of unpremeditated murder in deaths of unarmed civilians during operations near Sadr City. Sentenced to life in prison and given a reduction in rank. Sentence later reduced to 25 years.

_Spc. Brent May convicted in court-martial of one count of unpremeditated murder in same incident as Michael Williams. Sentenced to five years in prison.

_Welshofer, of 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, initially charged with murder, assault and willful dereliction of duty but found guilty of negligent homicide and negligent dereliction of duty in death of Mowhoush. Military jury ordered a reprimand and forfeiture of $6,000 of his salary and restricted him to his home, office and church for two months.

CLEARED/ACQUITTED:

_U.S. troops cleared of intentionally killing civilians in March 15 raid in village of Ishaqi. Military acknowledged "possibly up to nine collateral deaths" in addition to four announced at time of the raid. Iraqis said there were 11 dead.

_Marine 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano cleared of murder charges in shooting deaths of two Iraqi civilians.

_Staff Sgt. Shane Werst acquitted by jury of premeditated murder for shooting death of unarmed Iraqi.

Information compiled by The Associated Press News and Information Research Center

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