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US Soldier Pleads Guilty To Murders Of 3 Afghans

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - A U.S. soldier has pleaded guilty to the murders of three unarmed Afghan civilians in a case that has raised some of the most serious criminal
allegations to come from the war in Afghanistan.

Spc. Jeremy Morlock of Wasilla, Alaska, entered the plea Wednesday to three counts of murder, and one count each of conspiracy, obstructing justice and illegal drug use at Joint Base
Lewis-McChord south of Seattle. He faces a maximum sentence of 24 years in prison.

Morlock is one of five soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade charged in the 2010 killings of three Afghan civilians in Kandahar province.

According to a copy of his plea agreement obtained by The Associated Press, Morlock admitted taking a lead role in the plot to deliberately slaughter the civilians last year, even though they posed no legitimate threat.
      

      
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