VILSECK, Germany (AP) - A Kansas soldier has pleaded guilty to
charges of being an accessory to murder in the deaths of four
Specialist Steven Ribordy of Salina was sentenced to eight
months in prison and will also receive a bad conduct discharge from
the Army as part of a plea deal. He also agreed to testify against
other members of his unit.
Ribordy testified that he stood guard as the prisoners were
killed by other members of his patrol in early 2007. He said he
approached the scene after shots were fired and saw three bodies
lying in a pool of blood, and then the fourth already in the canal.
Ribordy testified that he helped move one of the bodies to the
edge of the canal, then push it in.
He was initially charged with conspiracy to commit murder, which
carries a possible life sentence. But the charges were reduced
yesterday as part of the plea.
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