Afghanistan

U.S. Soldier Pleads Guilty to Killing 16 Afghan Civilians in 2012

Avoids the death penalty

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 Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pleaded guilty Wednesday to the 2012 slaying of 16 Afghanistan civilians.

Bales entered the plea in a military courtroom to multiple counts of premeditated murder and other charges. By agreeing to plead guilty, he will avoid the death penalty.