Sergeant Robert Bales To Be Sentenced In Deadly Afghan Rampage
(CNN) - The sentencing phase begins today (monday) for army staff sergeant robert bales.
Bales has admitted to gunning down 16 civilians in a 2012 rampage through two villages near his outpost in southern afghanistan.
Bales pleaded guilty in june to more than 30 criminal charges, including 16 premeditated murder counts, in a hearing before a military judge.
The guilty plea spares the 39-year-old bales the prospect of a death sentence in the killings.
He now faces life in prison, but a jury of four officers and two enlisted personnel will decide whether he will have a chance at parole.
Bales admitted to slipping away from his outpost in southern afghanistan and going on a house-to-house killing spree in two nearby villages in march 2012.
The massacre further strained relations between american troops and their afghan allies.