Manning's possible maximum sentence cut
August 6th, 2013
03:20 PM ET

Manning's possible maximum sentence cut

(CNN) - A military judge on Tuesday consolidated certain criminal convictions in Bradley Manning's national security leak case, reducing his maximum possible prison sentence from 136 years to 90.

Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, was convicted of stealing and disseminating 750,000 pages of classified documents and videos to WikiLeaks.

The leaks dealt with U.S. military strategy in Iraq to State Department cables outlining foreign relationships. They also included a secret military video from the Iraq war.

Col. Denise Lind acquitted Manning of the most grievous charge of aiding the enemy, which carried a maximum life sentence.

But she found him guilty of other counts that include violations of the Espionage Act. He earlier had pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Lind could decide not to slap him with the maximum for each count. She may rule that he'll serve the sentences concurrently, rather than consecutively.

It may take several days for a sentencing decision.

Manning's lawyers had asked the court martial to merge several of the convictions because they represented "prosecutorial overreach" and "unreasonable multiplication of the charges."

The government is still presenting witnesses during the sentencing phase at Fort Meade, Maryland.

The defense is expected to present several witnesses as well.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. PlayNiceKids

    I actually think the biggest threat to our county is people who think dissent is disloyalty!

    August 6, 2013 at 11:08 pm | Reply
    • Rudof vs

      Dissent is disloyalty?
      Yes, this is a tactic some use in order to shut down those who disagree with them.

      August 7, 2013 at 8:39 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Well said, PlayNiceKids. Yes, ignorance is the biggest single threat this country faces and that's what will bring this country down in the end!

      August 7, 2013 at 9:56 am | Reply
  2. Jack Hollis

    The fact that Pfc. Bradley Manning is being punished at all is a huge ignominy! Barack Obama is butchering people halfway around the world with his heinous drones day after day and in 2017, will go back to Illinois to live like a king for the rest of his life. We need to indict this clown and have him tried at the ICC. and dealt with appropriately if convicted. Unfortunately, that will not happen!

    August 6, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  3. California

    It's obvious why democrats support this guy. Quite pathetic at best actually.

    August 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  4. California

    CNN buried this one real good.

    If Manning ever gets out it will be to soon for this traitor.

    August 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Reply
    • Jack Hollis

      Gee California, what do you do for brains. I'ts ignorant people like you who are the biggest threat this country faces!

      August 6, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Reply
      • California

        You obviously support traitors and are anti-American at best. It's people like YOU that are this country's biggest problem.

        August 6, 2013 at 9:40 pm |

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