21-Month Term For Marine in Death of Iraqi

Associated Press
Wednesday, November 22, 2006

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., Nov. 21 -- A Marine was sentenced to 21 months in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to lesser charges in the killing of an unarmed Iraqi civilian.

In return for Lance Cpl. Jerry E. Shumate Jr.'s guilty pleas to charges of aggravated assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice, the government dropped other charges, including murder, kidnapping, assault and conspiracy.

Shumate is one of seven Marines and a sailor charged with kidnapping Hashim Ibrahim Awad, 52, in the rural town of Hamdaniyah, dragging him to a roadside hole and shooting him, and then trying to cover it up.

Two Marines and a Navy corpsman earlier pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Shumate's sentence matches the longest any of the three has been ordered to serve in custody.

Four senior squad members still face kidnapping and murder charges.

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