Thursday, May 16, 2013

Army Sergeant John Russell: life in prison for Iraq killings

A military judge ruled on Thursday that a U.S. soldier is to spend the rest of his life in prison without parole for killing five fellow servicemen in a 2009 overseas shooting spree, one of the worst cases of soldier-on-soldier violence in the Iraq war.

In a deal that spared him the death penalty, U.S. Army Sergeant John Russell pleaded guilty last month to killing two medical staff officers and three soldiers at Camp Liberty, a combat stress clinic in Baghdad.