On November 11, 2004, the US military announced that the courts-martial of Sgt. Javal Davis, Spc. Sabrina Harman and Spc. Charles Graner, would be transferred from Baghdad to Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. No official reason for moving the court martial was given. All three soldiers faced charges related to the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal. On February 1, 2005, Davis pled guilty to abuse charges. Harman was convicted on May 16, 2005 of conspiracy, dereliction of duty, and maltreatment of prisoners. Graner was convicted and sentenced to ten years on January 15, 2005, but was released early from Fort Leavenworth on August 7, 2011.
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