Thursday, February 22, 2007

US soldier pleads guilty to Iraq gang rape, murders

US soldier faces Iraq rape verdict. FEBRUARY 22, 2007

A second US soldier who pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her family is expected to be sentenced on Thursday.

Sergeant Paul Cortez, 24, pleaded guilty to five charges in a deal that is expected to allow him to avoid the death penalty.
Five soldiers are accused of plotting the March 2006 rape and murder of Abeer Kassem Hamza al-Janabi in Mahmoudiya, south of Baghdad, as well as the murder of her parents and younger sister.

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