Saturday, March 17, 2012

Staff Sgt. Bales Facing The Death Penalty For Massacre Of 16 Afghan Villagers including 9 Children

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

Bales arrives at Fort Leavenworth Military Prison in Kansas to face 16 counts of intentional homicide.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 17, 2012

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas - On Friday, Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, 38, was booked at the Fort Leavenworth Military Prison for allegedly killing 16 Afghan villagers, including 9 children on early Sunday. Bales is facing 16 counts of intentional homicide and is expected to be charged on Saturday. If convicted on all counts, Bales could be sentenced to death by a military court.
Bales identity was confirmed by his defense attorney, John Henry Browne, according to media outlets. The Pentagon has yet to officially release Bales name because he hasn't been charged. Browne also acknowledge Bales was being held at Fort Leavenworth Military Prison.
Bales is married, has two children ages 3 and 4 and resided in Lake Tapps, Washington. His family has been under military protection, the Pentagon informed.
Staff Sgt. Bales was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, of the 2nd Infantry Division.
Last Sunday, Bales walked out of a military base and walked one mile to a nearby village. He broke into several homes and cold bloodedly killed all the civilians. He then went to another area and murdered more Afghan civilians and set some bodies on fire. After the massacre, Bales returned to the military base and confessed to officials of committing the murders.
Bales has served four tours and it is not known what triggered the killing spree that resulted in the deaths of mostly women and children.

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