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Former Abu Ghraib guard sentenced to six months for prisoner abuse

[JURIST] A nine-man military jury at Fort Hood, Texas, sentenced US Army Sergeant Javal Davis [Wikipedia profile] Friday to six months in military prison, reduction in rank to private and a bad-conduct discharge in connection with abuses of Irai detainees at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST Hot Topic news archive]. The jury handed down their punishment after more than five hours of deliberation, taking into account Davis' admissions of stepping on handcuffed detainees and falling on them with his full weight. Davis also acknowledged failing to report prisoner abuse and sexual humiliation that he witnessed. The sentence is among the lightest for any soldier convicted in the Abu Ghraib scandal [CBS news backgrounder] and Davis' sentence could be reduced by another three weeks for good conduct in prison. From Texas, the Houston Chronicle has more.

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