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November 10, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Lewis-McChord soldier found guilty of murdering Afghan civilians

An Army panel Thursday afternoon found Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs guilty of three counts of murder in the killings of three unarmed Afghan villagers and a dozen other crimes.

Gibbs is the highest-ranking soldier charged in one of the highest-profile war-crimes cases to emerge from Afghanistan.

These convictions carry a maximum possible sentence of life without parole.

The verdict by the five-person panel convened at Joint Base Lewis-McChord was reached after a more than weeklong court-martial that included testimony from two other soldiers who named Gibbs as a participant. Both those soldiers had earlier pleaded guilty to their roles in the murders.

Prosecutors, in closing arguments, portrayed Gibbs as the ringleader of a troubled group of soldiers who tried to make the killings appear to be legitimate combat actions.

“Staff Sgt. Gibbs betrayed his oath. He betrayed his unit, and with the flag of his nation emblazoned across his chest, thousands of miles from home, he betrayed his nation,” said Maj. Robert Stelle, in closing arguments Wednesday.

The panel began the sentencing phase of Gibbs court-martial Thursday afternoon.

 

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