Military Court Clears Marine Of Iraq Murder Conviction
A Marine, Sgt. Lawrence Hutchin, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison following a murder conviction of an Iraqi civilian is now free. The military’s equivalent of the Supreme Court overturned the conviction. Hutchin was convicted in 2006.
The military’s equivalent of the Supreme Court overturned the conviction Wednesday of a Marine found guilty of murdering a civilian during the Iraq war, saying he was interrogated after asking for a lawyer.
A court originally sentenced Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III to 15 years in prison for the murder of 52-year-old Hashim Awad in April of 2006.
Prosecutors said Hutchins, who led a Marine squad that dragged Awad from his home, shot him in the face several times and then placed a shovel and AK-47 near his body to make it appear he was an insurgent burying roadside bombs.
Several other Marines were convicted in the attack but all served less than a year and a half behind bars.
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