Third US Marine sentenced to 21 months in Hamdania Iraqi civilian murder case Caitlin Price at 7:58 PM ET
[JURIST] US Marine Lance Cpl. Jerry E. Shumate Jr. was sentenced to a maximum 21-month confinement Tuesday after pleading guilty [press release] at court-martial to aggravated assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice in connection with the alleged murder and kidnapping of an unarmed Iraqi civilian in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] on April 26. More serious murder and kidnapping charges [DOC text] were dropped in exchange for the plea, avoiding a potential eight-year sentence. Shumate may also face a reduction in rank and forfeiture of pay, but will not be dishonorably discharged. AP has more.
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