Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales Sentenced in Afghan Massacre
TACOMA, 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.