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Jurors can't reach decision, ex-soldier gets life without parole

PADUCAH, Kentucky (CNN) -- Jurors on Thursday told a judge they could not reach a decision on whether a former U.S. soldier should be sentenced to death for war crimes -- including rape and murder -- he committed in Iraq.
The lack of a unanimous decision means Steven Green will be sentenced to life in prison without parole, according to instructions given to jurors as they began deliberations on the sentence Wednesday.

Green was convicted earlier this month of murder, rape, conspiracy and obstruction of justice in connection with a 2006 incident near Yusufiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad. Jurors decided he was guilty of raping a 14-year-old girl, then killing her and setting her body on fire to destroy evidence. He was also convicted of killing the girl's parents and 6-year-old sister.

As jurors reported their inability to reach a decision, Green appeared to issue a sigh of re

Added: May-22-2009 Occurred On: May-22-2009
By: miguel111
Iraq, News, Middle East
Tags: Iraq, soldier, rape, 14-year-old, girl, life
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