Friday, August 23, 2013

US soldier who killed 16 Afghan villagers has apologised for the massacre

File photo from August 2011 of Staff Sgt Robert Bales training at Fort Irwin, California

Bales could be out of prison in 20 years for killing 16, Manning gets 35 years for killing no one.

Staff Sgt Robert Bales was making a case for why he should some day be released, during his sentencing hearing at a Washington state military base.

The 39-year-old said he had been a "mass of fear... and bravado" at the time of the attack on 11 March 2012.

The father-of-two pleaded guilty in June to avoid the death penalty.

If he is sentenced to life with the possibility of parole, Sgt Bales could be eligible for release in 20 years.


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