5 Life Sentences for Ex-G.I. Convicted of Rape and Murder of Iraqi Family
A federal judge in Kentucky sentenced Steven D. Green, an ex-U.S. soldier, to five (5) life terms in prison today for raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl, and murdering her 6-year-old sister, father, and mother when he was stationed in Iraq near the village of al-Mahmudiyah (see map).
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Steven D. Green, a former PFC with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, was convicted of these charges on May 7, 2009 after a jury trial.
You can read the judgment sentencing Green to five (5) life terms in prison here:
Here is Green's guilty verdict rendered by the jury after trial:
When a jury could not agree upon a death sentence in May after Green was convicted, relatives of the al-Janabi family who were murdered expressed outrage.
According to Reuters, "[e]xecution is commonplace in Iraq and across the Middle East for lesser crimes than Green's."
- Criminal Complaint, U.S. v. Steven Dale Green (Jun. 30, 2006)
- Ex-U.S. Soldier Gets Life in Prison for Iraqi Assault, Reuters (Sept. 4, 2009)
- Ex-Soldier Gets Life Sentence for Rape, Murders in Iraq, Lexington Courier-Journal (Sept. 4, 2009)
- Iraqi Relatives Decry Life For U.S. Rape Soldier, Reuters (May 22, 2009)
- Iraqis Outraged by Ex-Soldier's Sentence, CBS News (May 22, 2009)
- Soldier Who Testified on Killings Says He Feared for His Life, The New York Times (Aug. 8, 2006)