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Second US soldier sentenced in Afghan detainee abuse case

[JURIST] US Army Sgt. Kevin D. Myricks was sentenced [Central Command press release] on Monday to six months in a military prison and a demotion in rank for his involvement in the beating of two detainees [JURIST report] in his custody at Forward Operating Base Ripley in 's Uruzgan province last year. Myricks was found guilty of conspiracy to maltreat a detainee and maltreatment of two detainees in violation of the Uniform Military Code of Justice [text] when he punched the men in the chest and arms. Last week, fellow soldier Army Spc. James Hayes was convicted on similar charges [JURIST report]. AP has more.

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