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Conviction, plea in abuse of Iraqis

• Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr., 28, a U.S. Army medic, was convicted of murder Friday at the Army's Rose Barracks Courthouse in Vilseck, Germany, for his involvement in the execution-style slayings of four bound and blindfolded Iraqi detainees in spring 2007. The court sentenced him to life in prison, with the possibility of parole.

• Navy Chief Petty Officer Tracy Necaise, 43, of Pensacola, pleaded guilty Friday in Florida to charges of conspiracy and assault and battery in the beatings of two Iraqi detainees while on duty in May at Camp Bucca in Iraq. Necaise, who was the top ranking sailor at the base, faces a maximum of two years' confinement.

Electrical review: Members of Congress have asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates to review a $35 million contract to Houston-based KBR, which is under criminal investigation in the electrocution deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The contract was awarded after a Pentagon official rejected the company's explanation of mistakes in Iraq.

POSTHUMOUS AWARDS: Navy Cross medals were presented Friday to the families of two Marines — Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter, 19, of Sag Harbor, N.Y., and Cpl. Jonathan Yale, 21, of Burke­ville, Va. — who were killed while thwarting a suicide bomber and saving dozens of Marines and Iraqis.

Times wires

Conviction, plea in abuse of Iraqis 02/20/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 20, 2009 11:14pm]
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