Army sergeant guilty in Afghan rampage to testify at sentencing
August 21st, 2013
10:01 PM ET

Army sergeant guilty in Afghan rampage to testify at sentencing

By Dana Ford
CNN

The Army sergeant who admitted to gunning down 16 civilians in a 2012 rampage through two villages near his outpost in southern Afghanistan is expected to take the stand at his sentencing hearing and will apologize.

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pleaded guilty in June to more than 30 criminal charges, including 16 premeditated murder counts.

The plea spares the 39-year-old Bales the prospect of a death sentence in the killings. He now faces life in prison, but a jury of four officers and two enlisted personnel will decide whether he will have a chance at parole.

"Yes, Bob will take (the) stand ... Yes, Bob will apologize," Bales' lawyer, John Henry Browne said in an e-mail to CNN.

Bales admitted to slipping away from his outpost in southern Afghanistan and going on a house-to-house killing spree in two nearby villages in March 2012, a massacre that further strained ties between American troops and their Afghan allies.

But he has not offered an explanation for his actions.

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  3. California

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    August 22, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Reply
    • BIG SHIZ

      No, it the tee bag idoits like your self that are racist.

      August 23, 2013 at 9:31 am | Reply
    • lance

      liberals and blacks are total hypocrits when it comes to race, they can say or do anything they want but dont let a white person pull the same bullsh!t as they do or its racism.

      August 24, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  4. smith

    hes wrong but...??? Thats what muslims say about their suicide bombers but you don't listen to their "but..."

    August 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  5. George patton

    I bet that this creep Robert Bales gets far less time than Bradley Manning does. At least Pfc. Bradley Manning never murdered anyone!!! Then again, the people running our military know no justice, only power and cruelty!!!

    August 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Bales should be executed by firing squad! No other punishment is acceptable. What we are doing in these countries is simply absurd! They will never be "democratically" ruled. Only hard line dictators can control the population! Bales went on a rampage, not totally unrealistic to happen. What was he there for???? Nothing has changed!

      August 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  6. Pete

    @usmc1371,if I remember this soldier shouldn't have been sent back to Afghanistan again because of his past psychological results..And marine I also remember how they said there was a rapid use of steroids and other meds that were on the base that were at this soldiers disposal and were frequently used,abused there ..He supposidly had a case of PTSD and again shouldn't have been sent back..Just another screwup that's a result of a war marine that should of never been and you know it if you have any brains !!Marine why don't you speak up about the indictments that over 150 other countrys but ours have against Bushs,Cheney for human rights violations ,some related to this war or are you just s hired gun that doesn't as many republicans here know any better about this senseless war brought on by lies and don't go off like I know you will about democrates voting on that war resolution too because they were all lied too as most of you ignorents were and you know it as well!!

    August 22, 2013 at 10:15 am | Reply
    • BIG SHIZ

      Your defending someone the grabbed babies out of there cribs and stomped them to death. There's no excuse for that regardless of anything.

      August 22, 2013 at 11:31 am | Reply
      • Pete

        @BigShiz,figured I'd get an ignorent,uninformed response from you and like I said idiot in my past post he shouldn't have never been sent back to Afghanistan because of psychological reasons related to PTSD or what part of that don't you understand!!Typical ignorent remark from another suffering from foot in mouth disease!!

        August 22, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
      • BIG SHIZ

        Your a fat fuking retard. He is evil regardless of any problems he might have. But people like you have to turn everything into politics. Take a bath you dirty fuk

        August 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
      • George patton

        Big Cheez, don't fall for muslim propaganda, have not hears Nidal Hasan shot unarmed, wounded woman to death?

        August 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
      • BIG SHIZ

        And nidal should hang too. Your problem George is your racist. To me evil is evil. Muslim or American.

        August 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
      • Pete

        @BigShiz,hope you're not venting your angry ignorence toward me...You shouldn't call people those words unless you acquainted yourself with some and I've acquainted myself quite a bit with idiots especially on these sites so I do know who is and isn't!!And again its politics that make this world go round Shiz if you don't realize it and these wars were all about business and the dirty politics that go with it!!Calm down and you take a bath to calm those nerves before you blow a gasket and have to be put down!!

        August 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
  7. George Patton-2.01

    politically motivated decision to please muslims, look how Nidal Hasan is being treated?

    August 22, 2013 at 10:06 am | Reply
    • right

      how are they being treated differently?

      August 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  8. MadAsHe!!

    Sgt Bales and Pfc Manning are being held responsible for the bad decisions they made, And though I may not agree completely with the out comes or the punishment given, I do believe they have been given antiquity representation. What I would like to see is more outrage toward the the cowardly traders that but this and thousands of tragic events in motion. It's time to but Dick Chaney, George Bush, and their NEO-CON supporters on trial for the War crimes they caused with the bad & Illegal decisions they made. If they cannot be held accountable for they're actions then both Bales and Manning should be set free. The people of this country are too weak minded to demand real justice!!!!!

    August 22, 2013 at 10:05 am | Reply
  9. US ARMY

    Yes he was in the wrong for what he did and he should pay for it, but you also need to now the back ground of this guy like I do. He has been deployed several times and was not fit to be deployed when all of this happen. In saying that he is not the only one to blame here, he went through a pre mob process like all troops do before deploying with doctors. From knowing him he was not mentally fit to be on the deploment and the doctors should have seen that if they would do their job and not just try to push troops through the process so they can go home for the day. Also his chain of command should have noticed that he was not all there but that goes back to them being to busy and just worring about manning power and taking experianced troops on deploments. There is more then just one person to blame in this case!! The military needs to do a better job of tracking how many time troops are deployed and think about that when there unit is being deployed again. I have been deployed twice and the stuff you see over seas adds up and takes a mental toll on a person. My thoughs and prays are with him and his family and the familys of the ones that he killed.

    August 22, 2013 at 8:12 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Thank you, US ARMY. Spoken like a true dimwitted Tea Partier. You Tea Partying nitwits always seem to be taking up for these psychopathic perverts! Have you no shame?

      August 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @GeorgePatton,again I and most posters here aren't tea baggers and again lose the men's name because your rants don't match the namesakes personality...Yes I'm a democrate and a tea bagging hater as well because of their inherient ignorence that I can't stand!!

        August 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
      • Justice

        @ George Patton - First of all, why in the #$%! do you have this name?? Way to mock and disgrace an American legend and its history. Secondly, the folks who posted as US ARMY and USAF replied with a logical and even somewhat, justified argument. Instead, you comment with some ridiculous nonsense while throwing in some political garbage and insults. "Obama loving Tea Partier"?? At this point in time, I declare thee to be a moron. Thirdly, justice isn't (or shouldn't) be based on some arbitrary decision because of some political bs. You need to look at and research both cases as they are very different indeed. I'm referring to the Hassan case here... However, the fool that has written as George Patton fails to conduct any sort of intelligent debate while insulting others on a whim. Lastly, I am an independent and I'd defend bales over this Patton fellow. Just to put into perspective how I feel about this patton. What a joke -

        August 24, 2013 at 6:17 am |
    • USAF

      Gonna have to agree with this post – On the outside looking in its easy to judge. People need to understand when you go down range sometimes you see things best left forgotten. What he did was wrong sure and he deserves punishment, but this was a mistake that could have been avoided. Think to some degree leadership dropped the ball on this one

      August 23, 2013 at 1:15 am | Reply
      • George patton

        Another ignorant, Obama loving Tea Partier taking up for this psychopathic Sgt. Robert Bales. On the other, these ignorant Tea Partiers keep on screaming for the blood of Lt. Nidal Hassan but yet support this fool despite his murderous rampage!!!

        August 23, 2013 at 9:08 am |
      • U.S.M.C. 1371

        Patton you really are retarded. Most of your rants I just laugh at but you seem to show your stupidity more with every post. No one is supporting Bales at all they are stateing the fact he has PTSD and should not have been there. Is that hard for you to understand? He will and should pay for his crimes. They are pointing out how the system failed thats all. Now go back to your camel and let the adults talk.

        August 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
  10. U.S.M.C. 1371

    Hang this piece of trash next to manning

    August 22, 2013 at 5:23 am | Reply

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