Third US serviceman pleads guilty in Iraqi civilian murder case Holly Manges Jones at 6:49 AM ET
[JURIST] US Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler Jackson [advocacy website] on Monday pleaded guilty [press release] to aggravated assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice in connection with the April 26 death of Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad [Wikipedia profile] in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. In accordance with his plea agreement [JURIST report], Jackson testified Monday that Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III [JURIST report] devised the plot to kidnap and kill Awad and ordered the seven Marines and one Navy corpsman charged [JURIST report] to "stick to the story" that the soldiers found Awad planting a roadside bomb before they killed him. Jackson will be sentenced on November 16 and is eligible to receive a 15-year prison term, which will likely be reduced due to the deal he struck with prosecutors.
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