Ex-GI Spared Death Penalty for Iraq Murders

Green to be jailed for life for raping girl, killing her family
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2009 1:47 AM CDT
Former 101st Airborne Division Pfc. Steven Dale Green is escorted to the courthouse in Paducah, Ky. Green was found guilty of a rape and four murders.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)
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(Newser) – A former US soldier convicted of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her and her family has been spared the death penalty after a civilian jury failed to come to an agreement on his punishment, reports USA Today. Steven Green, 24, will be formally sentenced to life in prison without parole this fall. His lawyers had urged the jury not to sentence him to death, arguing that he came from a broken home and had a brain injury. (Read more Steven Green stories.)