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US Soldier Pleads Guilty to Murdering 5 Fellow Troops

Plea deal will allow Sgt. John Russell to avoid capital punishment

(Newser) - US Army Sgt. John Russell pleaded guilty today to intentionally murdering five fellow servicemen and women in Iraq in 2009, as part of a deal that will allow him to avoid the death penalty. The judge hasn't decided whether or not to accept the plea deal yet, though he... More »

Stress 'Broke' Soldier Shooter: Dad

Father of sergeant in Iraq 'fratricide' case speaks out

(Newser) - The stunned father of the soldier accused of killing five fellow service members in Iraq tells a local TV station his son snapped under stress. John Russell—a technician who used robots to detonate roadside bombs—thought the military was trying to force him out, and told his wife that... More »

Pirates Have New Manager at the Helm

Russell, former Bucos third base coach, is club's new skipper

(Newser) - On a day when Joe Torre was introduced as the new manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Pittsburgh Pirates also found themselves a new lead in John Russell. Russell spent the past two years managing the Phillies' Class AAA affiliate. Pirate GM Neal Huntington cited Russell’s energy, passion... More »

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