Ex-Soldier Who Raped Iraqi Girl, Killed Family Found Dead

Suicide suspected in Steven Green's death
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2014 12:25 AM CST
In this April 29, 2009 photo, former 101st Airborne Division Pfc. Steven Dale Green is escorted to the courthouse on the third day of his trial in Paducah, Ky.    (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
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(Newser) – A former soldier who raped an Iraqi teenager and killed her and her family has been found dead in his Arizona prison cell in an apparent suicide. In the 2006 attack near Baghdad, Steven Green killed the 14-year-old girl's parents and 6-year-old sister before becoming the third soldier to rape her, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. He then shot her in the face. The other soldiers are serving time in the military's Fort Leavenworth, but Green was tried and convicted in the civilian justice system.

In interviews with the AP, Green expressed bitterness that he was tried as a civilian under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, instead of in the military justice system, where he would have had a chance of parole. "I was made to pay for all the war crimes. I'm the only one here in federal prison," he said last fall. "I think they plan to throw away the key in my situation." He said his crimes were fueled by violent experiences in Iraq's "Triangle of Death," and described joining the army as "the worst decision I ever made." (Read more Steven Green stories.)

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