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U.S. Soldier Sentenced To Life In Afghan Village Attacks

NPR | Aug. 23, 2013 1:14 p.m.

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Bill Chappell

A military jury has sentenced Robert Bales, the U.S. Army staff sergeant who admits to killing 16 Afghan civilians in 2012, to life in prison without parole. During the punishment hearings held this week, Bales was confronted by family members of victims and people who survived the attacks of of March 11, 2012.

Bales, a father of two who is based in Washington state, pleaded guilty to the charges in June in order to avoid a possible death sentence in the case.

His sentence was handed down Friday by a six-member military jury assembled at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma.

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