Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales Sentenced in Afghan Massacre

afghan-balesTACOMA, Wash. (KTLA) — Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for slaughtering 16 civilians in a 2012 rampage through two villages near his outpost in southern Afghanistan.

Bales pleaded guilty in June to more than 30 criminal charges, including 16 premeditated murder counts, in a deal that spared him the death penalty.

He also pleaded guilty to charges related to illicit steroid and alcohol use.


The 38-year-old admitted slipping away from his outpost in southern Afghanistan and going on a house-to-house killing spree.

On Friday a military jury of four officers and two enlisted personnel decided Bales should not be eligible for release.

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