Soldier gets 110 years for rape, slayings |

Soldier gets 110 years for rape, slayings

(AP Photo/U.S. Army)A military jury began deliberating on Friday whether Pfc. Jesse V. Spielman took part in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl. Spielman is charged with rape and murder in the March 12, 2006, slaying of the girl and the killings of her family.

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. ” A soldier convicted of rape and murder in the death of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the slayings of her family was sentenced Saturday to 110 years in prison.

The sentence was part of a plea agreement attorneys for Pfc. Jesse Spielman had made with prosecutors that limited the number of years he could serve in prison, regardless of the jury’s recommendation.

Spielman was convicted late Friday of rape, conspiracy to commit rape, housebreaking with intent to rape and four counts of felony murder.

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

Spielman, 23, of Chambersburg, Pa., received the longest sentence of four soldiers who have been convicted. Three other soldiers pleaded guilty under agreements with prosecutors for their roles in the assault and were given sentences ranging from five to 100 years.

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