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Afghan villagers unsatisfied by massacre sentence

August 23, 2013

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Afghan villagers who traveled to the U.S. to testify against soldier Robert Bales say they’re far from satisfied with his life sentence for massacring 16 of their relatives.

A military jury on Friday sentenced the 40-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of release for his pre-dawn raids in Kandahar province in March 2012. It was the most severe punishment possible after he pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty.

Several villagers spoke with reporters after the sentence was announced. Hajji Mohammad Wazir, who lost 11 family members, says they wanted Bales executed.

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