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Army captain discharged after Iraqi 'mercy killing' conviction

[JURIST] A US military court in Germany Friday sentenced US Army Captain Rogelio "Roger" Maynulet [advocacy petition website] to be discharged from the Army after he was found guilty Thursday [JURIST report] of assault with intent to commit voluntary manslaughter. He will not serve any jail time. Maynulet had been charged in connection with the shooting of a Iraqi truck driver wounded by US fire; Maynulet claimed at trial that the action was a "mercy killing" as the Iraqi had been severely wounded. Prosecutors had pressed the court for a three-year prison term to set an example, with one telling the court "What kind of institution does the U.S. Army become if assault with the intent to commit voluntary manslaughter is an honorable act?" AP has more.

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