Cortez gets 100 years

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From ITN news

A US soldier who took part in the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and the killing of her family has been sentenced to 100 years in a military prison.

Military judge Colonel Stephen Henley found Sergeant Paul Cortez, 24, guilty of conspiracy to commit rape, four counts of felony murder, rape, housebreaking and violating a general order.

Under a plea bargain reached with prosecutors prior to a three-day court-martial, Cortez, of Barstow, California, agreed to testify against three others still facing prosecution in the case.

This ensured he would escape the death penalty but will now serve life in a military prison instead. He was also given a dishonourable discharge.

Five soldiers were charged in the gang rape and murders of 14-year-old Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, her mother, father and younger sister in March 2006, a crime that outraged Iraqis.

Cortez said he and suspected ringleader Pvt Steven Green, Spc James Barke, Pvt Jesse Spielman and Pvt Bryan Howard got drunk and plotted to attack the family at Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad.

Green took the parents and sister into a bedroom and shot them, Cortez said. The three then took turns at raping the schoolgirl in the livingroom. Petrol was poured on her body and lit in an attempt to cover up the crime.

Green has been charged as a civilian and awaits trial in a Kentucky jail. Barker pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced to 90 years in a military prison. The other two are awaiting prosecution.
 
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brettarider said:
100 year in a Mil nick will he spent all the time there or be discharged after a set period to a civi nick like what happens over here
Over here he'd probably get a life sentence with an order that he must serve at least fifteen years (but he'd be out after nine):

In July last year Amanda Champion's badly decomposed body was found near her home in Ashford, Kent, three weeks after she had last been seen alive.

The 21-year-old, who had a mental age of 15, was strangled and her throat cut.

Earlier this year James Ford, 26, pleaded guilty to her murder and was sentenced to life with a recommendation that he serve at least 15 years in prison.
Submitted: 17/01/2005 16:03:46
Francis “Frank” Goff was today sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 16 years for the murder of Clinton Darch in Woking on 27 June 2003. He was also sentenced to eight years for the rape and four years for the false imprisonment which followed the murder. All sentences will run concurrently.
A convicted rapist has been given three life sentences for murdering a newlywed bride and then kidnapping and raping a second woman.

Matthew Thomas, 43, pleaded guilty to the murder of Colette Magee in Luton in November last year.

Thomas, of Dallow Road, Luton, also admitted two counts of rape, one of indecent assault and one count of kidnap of the second woman.

He was sentenced on Wednesday at Luton Crown Court.

Prior record

Thomas had been released from custody just two months before murdering Mrs Magee, 44, by stabbing her twice in the chest.

He had previously served nine years of a 16-year sentence for a rape in Hertfordshire.
He had been jailed at Luton Crown Court in February 1994 on charges of rape, indecent assault, robbery and possession of a firearm.


He was released to an unsupervised night shelter after leaving prison.
A TEENAGER who raped and murdered a woman as she was power-walking on a riverbank was detained for life today.

Thomas Waddell, 19, was sentenced to serve at least 16 years for attacking Farah Noor Adams, 34, on a popular riverside walkway along the banks of the Kelvin in Glasgow.
 
#7
Oh and another example of stiff UK sentencing fresh off the press:

A gunman who went on a shooting spree in north London injuring two people, has been jailed for life.

Former boxer John Laidlaw, 24, who had earlier threatened to "kill all black people", was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder.

Laidlaw, of Holloway, north London, shot at two people in Islington, north London, last May. He missed one of his targets and hit a third person.

One of the victims still has a bullet lodged in his neck.

Laidlaw was also found guilty of two firearms charges by the Old Bailey.

The court heard that he shot Abu Kamara, 44, in Upper Street before accidentally shooting Emma Sheridan at Finsbury Park Tube station, as he aimed at a second man.

Laidlaw was ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years in prison for the attacks.
 

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