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BREAKING NEWS ~ US soldier gets 8-year prison sentence for Abu Ghraib abuse

[JURIST] AP is reporting that US Army Staff Sgt. Ivan "Chip" Frederick has been sentenced to eight years in prison for abusing inmates at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. As previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, Frederick pleaded guilty Wednesday to five charges of abusing detainees at the prison, including dereliction of duty and assault. Read the original charges against Frederick.

UPDATE: The official US Central Command press release on Sgt. Frederick's sentencing is now online here, detailing that "the military judge sentenced Staff Sgt. Fredrick to be reduced to a private, forfeit of all pay and allowances, to be dishonorably discharged and to be confined for 10 years. As a result of the pretrial agreement Staff Sgt. Fredrick’s confinement will be reduced to eight years."

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