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Marine Reservist Found Guilty in Death of Iraqi Soldier


Aired 4/19/09

A Marine reservist was found guilty today of killing an Iraqi soldier while they stood watch together at a guard post in Fallujah, Iraq. Los Angeles Times reporter Tony Perry was in the court room when the verdict came down.

Perry : The jury of eight marines has found Lance Cpl. Delano Holmes not guilty of unpremeditated murder but guilty of negligent homicide in the stabbing death of an Iraqi soldier and also of lying to his superiors about the incident. If he had been found guilty of unpremeditated murder, he could be sentenced to prison for life. The two convictions that the jury voted -- of negligent homicide and lying to his superior -- bring a maximum of eight years.

Holmes made no remarks in court immediately after the verdict.

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