Staff Sgt. Michael A. Hensley, of Candler, was charged June 28 with three counts of premeditated murder, three counts of obstruction of justice and three counts of wrongfully placing weapons with the remains of deceased Iraqis. Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval Jr., of Laredo, Texas, was charged with one count of premeditated murder and one count of wrongfully placing a weapon with the remains of a deceased Iraqi. Sgt. Evan Vela, of Phoenix, Idaho, was charged with one count of premeditated murder, wrongfully placing a weapon with the remains of a deceased Iraqi, making a false official statement and obstruction of justice. The soldiers were accused of killing the Iraqis in separate incidents between April and June in the vicinity of Iskandariyah, a town 30 miles south of Baghdad. The three soldiers are assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, which is based in Fort Richardson, Alaska.
posted on 08/09/2007 10:49:31 PM PDT
To: RedRover; Girlene; P-Marlowe; 4woodenboats; aculeus; American Cabalist; AmericanYankee; ...
I was on vacation near Asheville NC when I saw this headline about Hensley grieving mother in the Asheville paper. We can’t post the Asheville Citizen Times on Free Republic, so I found the information elsewhere.
I’m not familiar with the Iskandariyah charges against Hensley & Sandoval.
Anyone know anything?
posted on 08/09/2007 10:51:47 PM PDT
(Retired Army Chaplain And Proud of It! Those who support the troops will pray for them to WIN!)
I honestly didn’t hear of this one
When they get his friends to take plea bargains, that is all that will matter, he will be convicted regardless of the evidence
posted on 08/10/2007 3:34:50 AM PDT
(Innocent until proven guilty; The Pendleton 8: We are not going down without a fight)
I pray that he is exonerated. Something stinks about this whole episode.
posted on 08/10/2007 10:24:50 PM PDT
(Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
So what do we have here? Another Iraqi reporter or civilian making statements that our soldiers killed Iraqis. Well, maybe they did. But it was insurgent Iraqis that were killed.
Is this war getting so PC that even ROE are changed in mid battle?
posted on 08/11/2007 8:43:44 PM PDT
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