US soldier convicted in Afghan abuse case gets no jail time, loses rank

[JURIST] A US military jury reduced the rank of Pfc. Willie Brand to private, the lowest pay grade in the army, at his sentencing hearing Thursday. In doing so, the jury disregarded the prosecutor's recommendation that Brand be sentenced to 10 years in a military prison for his conviction [JURIST report] on assault, maltreatment, false official swearing and maiming charges for beating an Afghan detainee, who later died. The jury acquitted him of charges for beating a second detainee. Brand could have received a total of 16 years in military prison for his crime. Aljazeera has more.

 

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