Death penalty sought for soldier accused of civilian massacre


originally by: RTT News
published: 14 November 2012

US military prosecutors on Wednesday sought death penalty for Army Sgt. Robert Bales, who stands accused of killing 16 villagers, including nine children, in a nocturnal shooting rampage in southern Afghanistan earlier this year.

Military prosecutor Maj Rob Steele made the demand during a preliminary hearing being held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State. Wrapping up the prosecution’s final arguments, Steele demanded that that capital punishment be handed down to Bales due to the heinous nature of his crime.

“Based on the sheer brutality and nature of the crimes, it is our recommendation to proceed to a general court-martial. Because of the heinous, brutal and methodical (nature of the alleged crimes), we ask that that the sentencing authority have the full range of punishment,” Steele said.

“The most telling evidence we have are the statements made by Sergeant Bales in the few hours (after the incident) — statements that demonstrate a clear memory of what happened and a clear sense of guilt,” he added.

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