Thursday, November 16, 2006

Second Marine Sentenced in Iraqi Slaying

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A Marine lance corporal was sentenced Thursday to 21 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.

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.

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