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US soldier jailed for seven years over murders of Afghan civilians
A US soldier has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the murders of Afghan civilians last year.
Pvt 1st Class Andrew Holmes, 21, was among five soldiers charged over the “thrill killings” of the three civilians during patrols in Kandahar. The murders have been described as among the most serious war crimes charges to emerge from the Afghanistan war.
Holmes, from Boise, Idaho, confessed in court to firing a heavy machine gun at a boy from 15 feet away, after his co-defendant threw a grenade at him.
He was accused of directly participating in the first killing and initially charged with premeditated murder among other charges.
But in a deal with prosecutors, Holmes pleaded guilty to murder by an inherently dangerous act, as well as possessing a finger bone from his victim and smoking hashish.
Judge Lt Col Kwasi Hawks sentenced him on Friday to seven years in jail, saying there was no excuse for the murder.
“You aimed a fully loaded squad automatic weapon at [a] child that stood 15 feet away,” he said.
He gets seven years for shooting a young boy and killing other innocent Afghan civilians while posing with their dead bodies in pictures. He gets seven years for murder. Seven years, that is all.
This is extremely inhumane, unfair and disrespectful to the people who lost their lives in some maniac’s blind blood sport.
SO TROY DAVIS GETS EXECUTED FOR “ALLEGEDLY” MURDERING A POLICE OFFICER, BUT THIS GUY ONLY GETS 7 YEARS FOR MURDERING INNOCENT CIVILIANS AND FOR POSING IN PICTURES WITH THEM?
For-FUCKING-real?!??!! American government. I hate how disgusting you are. I really do.
he does not deserve to wear that uniform.
Words cannot describe how disgusting this is.
#War on terror