BRAD MERRIMAN – JOURNALIST/TACD NEWS – Army Sergeant Robert Bales, who stood accused of murdering 16 civilians in Afghanistan in a 2012 rampage, accepted a plea deal that took the death penalty off the table and as a result, he was sentenced to life without parole. The ruling handed down at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, also convicted Bales of 14 other counts.
The trial featured accounts from Bales himself as he described how he left the Army base two separate times on the night of March 11, 2011 with only one intent, to kill. Bales murdered men, women and children alike.
Haji Mohammad Wazir testified that Bales murdered 11 of his family members including his mother, wife and 6 of his 7 children.