100 Years, but Maybe Just 10, for Rape and Murder

A US soldier has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for his role in the rape of an Iraqi girl and murder of her family, according to Yahoo, but may be out on parole in as little as ten years. He had been given a life sentence, but due to a plea bargain it was decided he could only be sentenced to 100 years. Under military law, this could allow parole in ten years.

Sergeant Paul Cortez was among the five soldiers who were involved in the rape of 14-year-old Abeer Kassem Hamza al-Janabi. One of the others, Specialist James Barker, was sentenced to 90 years in prison, and the third, Steve Green, is awaiting trial. Cortez said that Green killed the girl’s parents and 6-year-old sister, then raped the girl and killed her as well. They then set the house on fire.

The other two are awaiting courts-martial.

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