Soldier gets life in Afghan killings

Friday, November 11, 2011

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- A U.S. Army soldier convicted of exhorting his bored underlings to slaughter three civilians for sport will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years in prison.

Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, of Billings, Mont., was convicted of murder, conspiracy and other charges at his court martial Thursday. The jury had the choice of sentencing him to life with or without the possibility of parole, and they chose the former.

Gibbs was the highest ranking of five soldiers charged in the deaths of the unarmed men during patrols in Kandahar Province early last year.

He insisted he wasn't involved in the first or third killings, and in the second he merely returned fire.

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