Robert Bales, U.S. soldier guilty of Afghan murders, to be sentenced
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 01:12
Aug. 20 - The sentencing hearing for a U.S. soldier who killed 16 Afghan civilians last year begins on Tuesday. Sarah Toms reports.
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A villager in Afghanistan points to the bloodied floor where 16 civilians were shot in March last year. Most of the victims were women and children. Many were shot in the head. The villagers in Kandahar province where the murders occurred say U.S. Army Sergent Robert Bales was treated far too leniently and should be hanged.... But as part of a deal to avoid execution, Bales admitted in June to the killings. The sentencing hearing begins on Tuesday at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state. And a jury will decide whether Bales will ever be eligible for parole or spend the rest of his life in prison. Bales was serving his fourth tour of duty and his lawyers argue Bales was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury even before his deployment to Afghanistan. Bales is contrite about the killings but they say he just snapped. When asked in June by the military judge why he carried out the murders he said: "There's not a good reason in this world."
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