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American soldier jailed for 20 years over Afghanistan shooting case

By Ghanizada - Fri Aug 02 2013, 10:22 am

Lt-Lorance2[1]An American soldier was found guilty on two accounts of murder and two accounts of attempted murder in Afghanistan.

1st Lt. Clint Lorance was found guilty Thursday by a Fort Bragg jury, the military announced. However, he was found not guilty to making false statements and impeding the investigation.

Lorance was sentenced to 20 years confinement, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and dismissal from the U.S. Army.

According to the prosecutors, the ten-year Army veteran was convicted of ordering his men to shoot two Afghan civilians on motorcycles while on patrol last summer.

The incident had taken place during 4th Brigade Combat Team’s deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July 2012.

Lorance following the conviction took the witness stand and told the court-martial, “I take full responsibility for action of my men on 2 July 2012.”

He will be taken to the military prison at CAmp Lejeune after a medical evaluation at Womack Army Medical Centter. Currently he is in the custody of his unit.

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