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Killings Database – Year 2007

 

 

The Baghdad Prisoner Killings - April/May 2007

 

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Military Reports

Photo Credits

 

Newest media report: Army Reduces Soldier’s Murder Sentence (15/8/2009/Stars and Stripes)

Newest military report: Master Sergeant Sentenced to Life for Murder (16/4/2009/7th Army JMTC Public Affairs Office)

 

Background

 

“[…] Staff Sgt. Jess Cunningham, Sgt. Charles Quigley, Spc. Stephen Ribordy, and Spc. Belmor Ramos were charged Monday with conspiracy to commit premeditated murder under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, according to a news release issued Tuesday by 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command. The charges against the men stem from an incident that occurred in Baghdad in ‘April/May 2007’ while the soldiers were serving in the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, part of the 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, according to the Tuesday press release. The 2nd BCT reflagged in March as the 172nd Infantry. […]

 

“Documents providing additional details of the charges against four Germany-based soldiers implicated in the deaths of ‘several’ detainees in Iraq in 2007 were not released as expected Wednesday, as military legal experts considered what information could be released to the public. […]”

 

Excerpt of a “Stars and Stripes” article from July 24th, 2008.

Accused soldier: Jess Cunningham

 

Recent Media Reports

 

August 15th, 2009 - Army Reduces Soldier’s Murder Sentence

1 news article from Stars and Stripes

 

August 14th, 2009 - US Army Reduces Soldiers’ Murder Sentences

1 news article from the Associated Press

 

June 18th, 2009 - Soldier’s Crime Met with Clemency

3 feature articles from the Chicago Tribune

 

May 12th, 2009 - Clemency is Last Hope for a More Normal Life

2 news articles from Stars and Stripes

 

Media Reports Archive 2009

Media Reports Archive 2008

 

 

Charges & Sentences by the U.S. Military Tribunal in Vilseck, Germany

Defendants

Original Main Charges

Sentences

Sentencing Dates

Jess Cunningham

conspiracy to commit premeditated murder

charges dismissed

(February 12th, 2009)

John Hatley

premed. murder, conspiracy, obstruction of justice

life sentence

April 16th, 2009

Michael Leahy

premed. murder, conspiracy, obstruction of justice

life sentence

February 20th, 2009

Joseph Mayo

premed. murder, conspiracy, obstruction of justice

35 years confinement

March 30th, 2009

Charles Quigley

conspiracy to commit premeditated murder

charges dismissed

(February 24th, 2009)

Belmor Ramos

conspiracy to commit premeditated murder

7 months confinement

September 18th, 2008

Steven Ribordy

conspiracy to commit premeditated murder

8 months confinement

October 2nd, 2008

 

The Accused

Charles Quigley

Michael Leahy

Belmor Ramos

 

 

 

Recent Military Reports

 

April 16th, 2009 - Master Sergeant Sentenced to Life for Murder of Four Iraqi Detainees

Press Release by the 7th Army JMTC Public Affairs Office Grafenwöhr, Germany

 

“[…] Master Sgt. John E. Hatley, formerly assigned to the 1st Bn., 18th Inf. Regt., was dishonorably discharged and sentenced to confinement for life with the possibility of parole for his role in the premeditated murder of four detainees in March/April 2007, while deployed near Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The sentence also included a reduction to the rank of private (E1) and forfeiture of all pay and allowances.

 

“On Wednesday, despite his plea of not guilty, a panel of his peers found Hatley guilty of premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit premeditated murder. The panel found Hatley not guilty of obstruction of justice and an unrelated premeditated murder.

 

“The panel delivered their sentence after five hours of deliberation, which concluded the court-martial proceedings held at Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany.”

 

February 24th, 2009 - Charges Withdrawn and Dismissed Against Sgt. Quigley

Press Release by the 7th Army JMTC Public Affairs Office Grafenwöhr, Germany

 

“[…] Based on newly discovered evidence, the Convening Authority withdrew and dismissed the charge against Sgt. Charles Quigley, a soldier assigned to the 1st Bn., 18th Inf. Regt.

 

“Sgt. Quigley was charged with conspiracy to commit premeditated murder for an incident that occurred during April-May 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq. Quigley was awaiting trial at the time of the dismissal. Sgt. Quigley still faces non-judicial punishment for his failure to report the incident after it occurred.

 

 “Three Soldiers have already been convicted of crimes stemming from their involvement in the same incident. Sgt. 1st Class Joseph P. Mayo and Master Sgt. John E. Hatley still face trial. Mayo’s trial is scheduled for March 31-April 3. Hatley’s trial is scheduled for April 13-17. Both trials will be conducted at the Rose Barracks Courthouse at Vilseck, Germany. […]”

 

January 13th, 2009 - Immediate Release No. 13010901

Press Release by the 7th Army JMTC Public Affairs Office Grafenwöhr, Germany

 

“[…]On Jan. 12, 2009, the Commanding General of the 7th U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command referred charges to general court-martial against Sgt. 1st Class Joseph P. Mayo, 27, formerly assigned to 1st Bn., 18th Inf. Regt.

 

“Mayo is charged with one specification of a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Article 118, premeditated murder; one specification of a violation of the UCMJ, Article 81, conspiracy to commit premeditated murder; and one specification of a violation of the UCMJ, Article 134, obstruction of justice. These charges relate to an incident that occurred during March/April 2007 at or near Baghdad, Iraq.

 

“A date for the court-martial has not been scheduled at this time. […]”

 

January 6th, 2009 - Immediate Release No. 07010901

Press Release by the 7th Army JMTC Public Affairs Office Grafenwöhr, Germany

 

“[…] On Jan. 5, 2009, the Commanding General of the 7th U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command referred charges to general court-martial against Master Sgt. John E. Hatley, 40, formerly assigned to 1st Batt., 18th Inf. Regt.

 

“Hatley is charged with one specification of a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Article 118, premeditated murder; one specification of a violation of the UCMJ, Article 81, conspiracy to commit premeditated murder; and one specification of a violation of the UCMJ, Article 134, obstruction of justice. These charges relate to an incident that occurred during March/April 2007 at or near Baghdad, Iraq.

 

“Hatley is also charged with crimes stemming from a separate incident that occurred in early Jan. 2007, at or near Baghdad, Iraq. Based on this incident, he is charged with one additional specification of premeditated murder, and one additional specification of conspiracy to commit premeditated murder.

 

“A date for the court-martial has not been scheduled at this time. […]”

 

The Military Reports Archive

 

 

Photo Credits

 

Background

 

1) Staff Sgt. Jess Cunningham - undated - published by “The Bakersfield Californian” on July 25th, 2008;

 

The Accused

 

1) Charles Quigley - undated - family photo;

2) Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr. smokes a cigarette during a recess in his court-martial Thursday at Vilseck, Germany. - February 20th, 2009 - Seth Robson/Stars and Stripes;

3) Belmor Ramos - unknown date - screenshot from an unknown “5 KSL TV” documentary;

 

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