US soldier that raped, killed Iraqi girl sentenced

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February 23, 2007 05:44

A US soldier was sentenced to 100 years in prison for the gang rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and the killing of her family last year. Sgt. Paul E. Cortez, 24, also was given a dishonorable discharge Thursday. He will be eligible for parole in 10 years under the terms of his plea agreement. Cortez pleaded guilty this week to four counts of felony murder, rape and conspiracy to rape in a case considered among the worst atrocities by U.S. military personnel in Iraq. In his plea agreement, he said he conspired with three other soldiers from the Fort Campbell-based 101st Airborne Division to rape 14-year-old Abeer Qassim al-Janabi.


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