Military

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales To Be Sentenced for Killing 16 Afghan Civilians

Admitted to the massacre to avoid death penalty

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The sentencing hearing for a US soldier who killed 16 Afghan civilians last year has begun, as he prepares to face survivors and relatives of his victims.

Staff Sgt Robert Bales, 39, admitted to the March 2012 massacre in June as part of an agreement to avoid execution.