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US soldier jailed for Iraq murder
Date: Friday, February 23 2007

US soldier jailed for Iraq murder
A US soldier has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for the gang rape of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the killing of her and her family.
Sgt Paul Cortez admitted four murders, rape and conspiracy to rape. His plea meant he avoided the death penalty.

He received a dishonourable discharge and will be eligible to seek parole in 10 years.

In November, Specialist James Barker, 24, admitted rape and murder over the killings and was jailed for 90 years.

In court on Thursday, Cortez broke down as he confessed to raping the girl as her parents and sister were shot dead in another room.

The case is one of several in which US troops are accused of killing Iraqis.

According to the plea agreement, Cortez admitted conspiring with three other soldiers, Private First Class Jesse Spielman, Specialist Barker and Steven Green, a now discharged soldier, to rape Abeer Qassim al-Janabi.

Pte Spielman and another man, Bryan Howard, are awaiting court martial on charges related to the attack.

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Published: 2007/02/23 03:28:50 GMT

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