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2nd Marine sentenced in slaying of Iraqi
Date: Friday, November 24 2006
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2nd Marine sentenced in slaying of Iraqi

By Thomas Watkins
Associated Press

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. A Marine lance corporal was sentenced Thursday to a year and nine months in prison for his role in the abduction and slaying of an Iraqi civilian last spring.

Lance Cpl. Tyler A. Jackson, the second member of his squad to be sentenced to prison this week, had pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a pretrial agreement with prosecutors.

Military judge Lt. Col. Joseph Lisiecki issued a sentence of nine years of confinement, but under rules of the proceeding the actual sentence was determined by the pretrial agreement. The 21 months includes six months already served.

In a deal with prosecutors, Jackson last week pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Other charges including murder and kidnapping were dropped, and Jackson was required to testify about the incident.

Before the sentence was handed down, the prosecutor said in closing arguments that the squad, seven Marines and a sailor, had become a lawless gang intent on killing.

"They were not a squad of Marines; they were a gang with a state of mind to kill someone," Maj. Donald Plowman said.

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