5 Life Sentences for Ex-G.I. Convicted of Rape and Murder of Iraqi Family

By Joel Zand on September 04, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

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."

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