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UK soldier in anti-war case admits going AWOL

UK soldier in anti-war case admits going AWOL

A lawyer for a British soldier who faced charges after refusing to go to Afghanistan says his client has pleaded guilty to being absent without leave.
John Tipple, who represents Cpl. Joe Glenton, said Friday that a more serious charge of desertion was withdrawn.
The 27-year-old Glenton went AWOL in 2007 after joining the British army in 2004 and serving a tour in Afghanistan with the Royal Logistic Corps. His refusal to return to the country made him a symbol for Britain's anti-war movement.
Glenton will be sentenced by a military court March 5. Tipple says the original charges could have carried a 10-year sentence, but that "if there is a custodial sentence, we would hope it is a lot less than two years."