Staff Sgt Robert Bales may face the death penalty if found guilty of charges relating to an alleged shooting spree in Afghanistan on March 11th. A US Army statement read:
The maximum possible punishment for a premeditated murder conviction is a dishonorable discharge from the Armed Forces, reduction to the lowest enlisted grade, total forfeiture of pay and allowances, and death (with a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment for life with eligibility for parole).
Staff Sgt Robert Bales has been charged with 17 counts of murder and six further counts of assault and attempted murder after a shooting spree which resulted in the deaths of 17 Afghan civilians.
A US official has said Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the soldier accused of a massacre on Afghan civilians, will be charged with 17 counts of murder. He will also face six counts of attempted murder and six counts of aggravated assault and other violations of military law.
A US official has told the AP news agency that Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is to be charged with 17 counts of murder in the Afghan massacre.