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Soldier charged over massacre

A US official has said that Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the soldier accused of a massacre on Afghan civilians, has been charged with 17 counts of murder. He will also face six counts of attempted murder and six counts of aggravated assault.

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US soldier could face death penalty

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).

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