Army's Robert Bales gets life in prison without parole for Afghan killing spree

(CNN) -- A U.S. Army staff sergeant who admitted gunning down 16 civilians in a 2012 rampage in southern Afghanistan was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole, according to Lt. Col. Gary Dangerfield with Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pleaded guilty in June to more than 30 criminal charges, including 16 premeditated murder counts.

The plea spared the 39-year-old Bales the prospect of a death sentence in the killings.


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