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Camp Pendleton Marine Pleads Guilty

A 6th Camp Pendleton Marine has entered a plea deal at his court martial for allegedly killing an Iraqi man in Hamdania last year. Lance Corporal Robert Pennington has pled guilty to two of five charg

A 6th Camp Pendleton Marine has entered a plea deal at his court martial for allegedly killing an Iraqi man in Hamdania last year. Lance Corporal Robert Pennington has pled guilty to two of five charges against him. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Lance Corporal Robert Pennington has pled guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping. But he has pled not guilty to the charges of housebreaking, larceny or premeditated murder. 

Pennington admits he voluntarily agreed to carry out a plot conceived by the squad to capture and kill a well known insurgent. When they couldn't find the man, they went to a nearby house, and captured another man. Pennington, who had picked up a little Arabic, spoke to the man and told him he was to be taken to Abu Graib prison and returned home in the morning. Instead he testified, the squad took the man to a hole, dug to make it look as if he were planting a bomb.

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Pennington helped restrain the man. However when the squad stepped back and opened fire, Pennington, who was the radio operator, was standing behind the rest of the squad and did not shoot his weapon. Four other defendants in the case are now serving prison terms of less than two years. From Camp Pendleton, Alison St John, KPBS news.