Marine found guilty of conspiracy in Iraq murder

A military jury found a Marine guilty on Wednesday of larceny, housebreaking and conspiracy in the 2006 murder and kidnapping of an Iraqi grandfather in Hamdania, Iraq.

Marine found guilty of conspiracy in Iraq murder
In the incident, one of a series of civilian killings in Iraq that have hurt the image of the United States abroad, Marines kidnapped the neighbor of a man they were seeking, killed him and planted a stolen AK-47 and shovel nearby to suggest he was an insurgent killed in a fight.

A military jury at Camp Pendleton near San Diego found Cpl. Marshall Magincalda guilty of larceny and housebreaking as well as participating in a conspiracy to murder, kidnap, commit larceny and obstruction of justice, make a false official statement and break into a house.

The jury acquitted Magincalda of murder, kidnapping and making a false official statement.

He is one of seven U.S. Marines and a U.S. sailor with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment charged in the April 26, 2006, killing of Hashim Ibrahim Awad, 52, a father of 11 and grandfather of four.

Five members of the squad, including the Navy medic, have pleaded guilty to lesser charges in connection with the shooting. A military jury convicted a sixth member, team leader Cpl. Trent Thomas, of conspiracy and kidnapping and sentenced him to reduction to private, forfeiture of all military pay and benefits and a bad-conduct discharge.

A separate military jury is considering the verdict against the squad leader suspected of having masterminded the death, Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III. That jury resumes its deliberations on Thursday.

Reuters
Last Mod: 02 Ağustos 2007, 16:12
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