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Sergeant who ordered Iraqis pushed into Tigris sentenced to six months

[JURIST] US Army Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Perkins was sentenced late Saturday to six months in a military prison, a demotion in rank to Staff Sgt. and a cut in pay for ordering two Iraqis to be pushed into the Tigris river north of Baghdad in January 2004. Although prosecutors claimed one of the men drowned, no body was ever recovered. In Friday, as prevously reported in JURIST's Paper Chase, a military jury sitting at Fort Hood Texas acquitted Perkins of involuntary manslaughter but found him guilty of aggravated assault in connection with the incident. From Texas, the Houston Chronicle has more.

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