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#BREAKING: Bales gets life in prison for #Afghanistan massacre:

#BREAKING: Bales gets life in prison for #Afghanistan massacre:

Related Villagers unsatisfied by life sentence for Bales Coverage of the case of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales during an exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., on Aug. 23, 2011 Ryan Hallock, Defense Department/AP JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — The U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 40, who pleaded guilty in June in a deal to avoid the death penalty, showed no emotion as the verdict was announced at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle. Bales' mother, sitting in the front row of the court, bowed her head, rocked in her seat, and wept. An interpreter flashed a thumbs-up sign to a row of Afghan villagers who were either injured or lost family membe...

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