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Soldier pleads guilty in Afghan probe

Five were charged in civilian deaths

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – A soldier who tried to blow the whistle on a plot to murder Afghan civilians has pleaded guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter at his court-martial at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Spc. Adam Winfield, of Cape Coral, Fla., was sentenced late Friday to three years in prison. He will receive credit for a year already served. Winfield was also demoted to private and will receive a bad-conduct discharge, the Tacoma News Tribune reported.

Winfield was one of five 5th Stryker Brigade soldiers charged in a case involving three civilian deaths last year in Afghanistan.

Winfield said he was pressured into taking part.


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