Army soldier convicted of rape, murder by Fort Campbell jury

Army soldier convicted of rape, murder by Fort Campbell jury

August 4, 2007

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - A military jury found an Army soldier guilty of rape and murder in the slayings of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and her family.

The jury at Fort Campbell convicted 22-year-old Pfc. Jesse Spielman of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania late Friday night.

He was charged with rape and murder in the March 2006 slaying of the girl and the killings of her family in a village about 20 miles south of Baghdad.

Military prosecutors did not say Spielman took part in the rape or murders, but allege he went to the house knowing what the others intended to do and served as a lookout.

Specialist James Barker, who has admitted his own role in the assault, said in earlier testimony that he had allowed investigators to draft sworn statements for him that implicated Private First Class Jesse Spielman in the crime.

Spielman pleaded guilty Monday to lesser charges of conspiracy to obstructing justice, arson, wrongfully touching a corpse and drinking.

Three soldiers have pleaded guilty for their roles in the slayings and received sentences of 5 to 100 years under plea agreements with prosecutors.

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