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Below is a news article about the conviction of Marine Corps Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins of murdering and innocent Iraqi civilian.


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Marine Corps Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins convicted of murdering Iraqi

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A Massachusetts Marine squad leader was convicted yesterday of murdering an Iraqi man during a frustrated search for an insurgent.

Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III, 23, of Plymouth also was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, making a false official statement and larceny. He was acquitted of kidnapping, assault and housebreaking.

Hutchins could be sentenced to life in prison without parole. He stood rigidly and stared straight ahead in the silent courtroom as the verdict was read. A few minutes later he answered a procedural question with a loud and clear, “Yes, sir.”

Prosecutors said on a nighttime patrol in Hamdania in April 2006, Hutchins’ squad hatched a plan to kidnap and kill a suspected insurgent. When they couldn’t find him, they instead kidnapped a man from a neighboring house, dragged him to a hole and shot him.

Authorities had identified the man as Hashim Ibrahim Awad, 52, but the charging documents refer to the victim as an “unknown Iraqi male” because prosecutors were unable to conclusively identify the body. Prosecutors said squad members tried to cover up the killing by planting a shovel and AK-47 by his body to make it look like he was an insurgent planting a bomb.

Witnesses testified the plot was born out of frustration after suspected insurgents kept evading prosecution. Hutchins’ lawyer said he took part in the plot because his own officers had set a poor leadership example and given approval for Marines to use violence in capturing and interrogating suspected insurgents.

In another base courtroom yesterday, a sentencing hearing was held for a squad member convicted Wednesday of conspiracy and lesser crimes but acquitted of premeditated murder and kidnapping. Cpl. Marshall Magincalda, 24, of Manteca,Calif., faced up to life in prison. He was not accused of firing any shots, but was charged with murder for participating in the plot. He apologized yesterday. “I would like to think I will go on to do good things in my life and can leave a better impression than that which I have right now,” he said, his voice repeatedly breaking.

Four other Marines and a Navy corpsman cut deals with prosecutors in exchange for their testimony and received sentences of one to eight years in prison. A jury last month acquitted another corporal of murder but convicted him of conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping.Cpl. Trent Thomas of Madison, Ill., was reduced in rank and given a bad-conduct discharge but no prison time.


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No doubt the masked guys in the videos who were doing all of those beheadings are undergoing the same thing on their side, also.

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heh, heh....splendida notizia! Bloody MURDERER! heh, heh
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Dude he's no murderer ............

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BBC NEWS | Middle East | Marine sentenced over Iraq murder

Don't worry folks he will soon be free and sentenced for time already served. So far the killing of Iraqi civilians has brough at the most a tap on the wrist. Have faith in justice!
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