Soldier sentenced to 24 years for Afghan deaths
Published 25/03/2011 | 05:00
The first of five US soldiers charged with killing unarmed Afghan civilians last year was sentenced yesterday to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of premeditated murder.
The sentencing of army specialist Jeremy Morlock (23), of Wasilla, Alaska, marked a turning point in the most serious prosecution of alleged US military atrocities during 10 years of war in Afghanistan.
Morlock recounted his role in the deaths of three unarmed Afghan villagers whose slayings were staged to appear as legitimate combat casualties.
"I knew what I was doing was wrong, sir," he said, adding that, contrary to his lawyers' suggestions, his judgment was not impaired by drugs.
German magazine 'Der Spiegel' this week published several photos related to the killings.