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Soldier expected to plead guilty to Afghan murders

Soldier expected to plead guilty to Afghan murders

A 22-year-old American soldier accused of carrying out a plot to kill Afghan civilians is expected to plead guilty to murder and other charges.
Spc. Jeremy Morlock, of Wasilla, Alaska, faces a court-martial Wednesday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which is south of Seattle.
Morlock's lawyer says his client has agreed to plead guilty to three counts of murder, one count of conspiracy and one drug charge in exchange for a maximum sentence of 24 years.
Morlock is among five soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade charged in the 2010 killings of three unarmed Afghan men in Kandahar province. He is the first to be court-martialed.
A copy of the plea agreement obtained by The Associated Press shows Morlock said they slaughtered the civilians deliberately, knowing they posed no legitimate threat.


Updated : 2021-03-06 04:10 GMT+08:00