Marine Faces 3 Months in Brig for Iraqi Deaths

CAMP PENDLETON, California (AP) – A sentencing hearing will begin Tuesday for the last defendant of a major Iraq war crimes case after he pleaded guilty to negligent dereliction of duty for leading a squad that killed 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2005. A military judge will decide the sentence of 31-year-old Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich of Meriden, Conn. Wuterich faces no more than three months in confinement for ordering his troops to shoot without hesitation after a roadside bomb exploded, killing a Marine. He is the last defendant in one of the biggest cases to emerge from the Iraq war. Wuterich agreed to the plea deal amid his manslaughter trial at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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