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Soldier Sentenced to One-Year Confinement

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2004 – The first soldier to receive a court martial in connection with the Abu Ghraib prison abuse was sentenced May 19 in Baghdad.

A military judge sentenced U.S. Army Spc. Jeremy Sivits to one year in confinement, a bad conduct discharge and a reduction in rank to private.

As part of a pre-trial agreement, Sivits pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to maltreat detainees, two counts of maltreatment of detainees and one count of dereliction of duty, according to Central Command officials. Sivits remains eligible in future trials to be called as a witness by either the prosecution or the defense, a command spokesman said in a May 19 press release.

Charges against Sivits were filed in March, following an investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division. Defense officials have been investigating allegations of prisoner abuse since Jan. 13, when a soldier brought his concerns to the attention of the chain of command.

After a short confinement at a temporary facility, Sivits will be transferred to a military regional confinement facility.

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