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

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

(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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