Thursday, February 22, 2007

Second Soldier Pleads Guilty In Iraq Rape Murder

This guilty plea can't bring back the 4 lost lives, but at least it will keep this man from getting away with his crimes and it might influence other soldiers who think about crossing the line under the cover of war.
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- A military judge on Wednesday approved a second U.S. soldier's plea to the gang rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the slaying of her family.

Sgt. Paul E. Cortez, 24, entered the plea Tuesday to four murders, rape and conspiracy to rape. With the approval of the plea agreement by Col. Stephen R. Henley, Cortez will avoid the death penalty.

At a hearing before Henley's decision, Cortez broke down in tears while recounting events on the day of the attack, saying he held the girl down and acted as a lookout while others took turns attacking her.
I hope the remaining soldiers in this case are held accountable for their actions.

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