Soldier to Plead Guilty in Killing of 16 Afghan Villagers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SEATTLE (AP) -An attorney for the Army staff sergeant accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan villagers says his client will plead guilty next week to avoid the death penalty.

The attorney says Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was "crazed" and "broken" when he slipped away from his remote southern Afghanistan outpost and carried out attacks in two villages.

But the attorney says Bales' mental state didn't rise to the level of a legal insanity defense.

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