Lawyer: Soldier to plead guilty in killing of 16 Afghan villagers
May 29th, 2013
07:26 PM ET

Lawyer: Soldier to plead guilty in killing of 16 Afghan villagers

By Michelle Richmond and Barbara Starr

In order to avoid the death penalty, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales intends to plead guilty in the killing of 16 Afghan villagers, his lawyer said Wednesday.

A plea deal - which Bales' lawyer John Henry Browne told CNN about by text message, as he was meeting with his client - must be approved by a judge and a commanding general.

In addition to those killed, six Afghans were wounded in the March 2012 attack near a small U.S. base in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

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  1. lance

    this soldier is american hero, let him out of jail so he can perform the same actions on muslims living in america.

    June 1, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • Stocks

      Tea Party?

      June 3, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  2. AFChik

    And this is why we will not be pulling out of Afghan anytime soon, because of this craziness. I have no sympathy for this man, whether he did a tour or not there, there are to many ways to get out of deployments, and the military has numerous medical programs out there for us Active Duty folks and veterans. Theres no excuse for his actions.

    May 31, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  3. chrissy

    What this clown did was inexcusable in any case. Now he wants to hide behind this with his using alcohol and valium. He obviously has no strong religious convictions or he wouldn't have been over there in the first place. He was most probably brainwashed just like the majority of the American people, sadly enough.

    May 30, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  4. Defense Attorney

    Sixteen murder victims, all expense paid vacation to boo-tee-full Fort Leavenworth on the banks of the muddy Missouri ... not a bad outcome for my client!

    May 30, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  5. Dave

    We as mortals are the most Dangerous creatures on this planet , sometimes we do things out of revenge not thinking about the concequenses of our actions at the time. Being a Veteran, I know how hard it is to deal with PTSD and the NDA . But at times I often wonder about the things that the Pokiticians put in our lives, and like many others " What If" , Can our Politicians realize how difficult they make our lives but screwing up the US Consitution from what it once was meant to be? Even As a Disabled Veteran I will defend this nation against all foes , But I sometimes wish that the Politicains would start thinking of the People First and not thier bank accounts .and how much $ they can make when they screw the People. But Under the UMCJ .... unless they can't find the Soldier Sain of his actions , he can be placed infront of a firing squad. and it will be the first time in over a half a century that it has been mandated for punishment.

    May 30, 2013 at 9:27 am | Reply
    • Dave

      Correction ; Can find the soldier

      May 30, 2013 at 9:31 am | Reply
  6. George Patton-2

    I bet my bottom dollar that in the end, this clown will probably get out in 5 years on "good behavior"! This proves just how out of balance the legal system has become. On the other hand, those butchers who operate those ungodly drones, slaughtering people like pigs in a pen not only will not be charged with anything, but are very highly paid for what they do. Then again, those men at Gitmo have been interned for years and haven't even been charged with anything!!!

    May 30, 2013 at 9:21 am | Reply
  7. wjmccartan

    One has to wonder how different this soldiers actions compared to the psycho who shot the military personnel four years ago. I wonder if this man who killed 16 villagers has even come to grips with his actions. It was a horrible senseless act, and that many people dying in a small community must have devastated them all. Its not an easy thing to tackle, I imagine he will be haunted by this for everyday he spends alive. I have no idea what the American government can do for the families who lost their mothers, fathers, sons and daughter. It should never have happened.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:22 am | Reply
    • Jomama

      There is also speculation of steroid and alcohol abuse, not getting the death penalty now that is curious. All I can think of is a temporary insanity angle being played out due to this. The fort hood guy has no excuse, he is hiding behind religion to justify his stupidity. USMJ 1371 is correct on the watered down legal system. When I was in the military the military legal system would slam you to the wall compared to the civilian courts. Now I have no idea how the system works anymore. This guy did wig out, But he did try to cover his tracks so he does know right from wrong.

      May 30, 2013 at 4:20 am | Reply
  8. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Reply
    • Beefburger

      Then bring the pain bro. Send more of your crazies out to expel us from Afghanistan, COME AT US BRO! Straight into the extremist meat grinder!

      May 30, 2013 at 2:35 am | Reply
      • simon Lloyd

        hahahah, man i can't tell if your response is a joke or not. but either way, just wow.

        Not crediting the guy above you, just saying you sound duuuuuuuumb.

        May 30, 2013 at 9:01 am |
      • Liberace: America's Greatest American

        Oh, aren't you adorable!!!!

        May 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
  9. USMC1371

    Avoid the death penalty? ?? Really we have watered down tge legal system so much no wounder these cowards commit crimes. Start hanging them in public and things will change.

    May 29, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Reply
    • BigShiz

      Summery execution,right after he's found guilty.(you have to make examples of people who commit atrocities)

      May 30, 2013 at 9:50 am | Reply
    • Friedrich

      There is effectively no death penalty within the military, so this is not a big deal. The last person executed was rape – murder Bennett back in 1961, although many heinous criminals should've been. Military executions require presidential approval, and these political creatures are controversy averse. Some may say cowardly. Weak. Bales will be making T shirts in the arts and crafts section of Leavenworth on the taxpayer dime until he dies of natural causes in the distant future.

      May 30, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Reply

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