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October 2nd, 2009 - Ex-Soldier in Iraq Slaying Sent to Indiana Prison
By Brett Barrouquere
October 2, 2009
Louisville, Ky. - A former U.S. soldier sentenced to five consecutive life sentences for the rape and murder of an Iraqi teenager and the shotgun slaying of three of her family members has been assigned to a federal prison in Indiana.
The federal Bureau of Prisons on Friday listed former 101st Airborne Division Pfc. Steven Dale Green as housed at the Terre Haute, Ind., United States Penitentiary. The high-security prison, about 70 miles west of Indianapolis, houses about 1,600 inmates, along with the federal death row unit.
A civilian jury in Kentucky convicted the 24-year-old Green in May of raping Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, conspiracy and multiple counts of murder. A jury couldn't reach a unanimous decision about whether Green should get a death sentence, automatically making Green's sentence life in prison. Barring a successful appeal or presidential pardon, Green will not be eligible for release from prison.
Green shot and killed the teen's mother, father and sister, then became the third soldier to rape her before shooting her in the face. Her body was set on fire March 12, 2006, at their rural home outside Mahmoudiya, Iraq, about 20 miles south of Baghdad.
Green's attorneys had hoped for a prison assignment close to the former soldier's family in Texas. Green's father, John Green of Midland, Texas, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that his son has been in "good spirits" after being moved out of isolation and into general population at the Grayson County Jail in Kentucky.
"He accepted his fate two years ago, as far as I'm concerned," John Green said. "I wish they could have gotten him a little bit closer, though."
Green was the first person charged under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, a law passed in 2000 that allows U.S. authorities to prosecute former military personnel, contractors and others for crimes committed overseas. Green's attorneys are appealing the conviction based on the use of that law. The trial judge, U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell, declined to dismiss the charges against Green, saying the law stood up to a constitutional challenge.
Green and four other soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, Ky., were investigated after the killings. Three who went to the family's home along with Green received lengthy sentences up to 110 years but will become eligible for parole in seven years after being tried in the military justice system. Another who had a lesser role was released from military prison after serving 27 months.
By the time the Army pressed charges in June 2006, Green had been honorably discharged with a personality disorder and returned to the United States. Because Green had been discharged, prosecutors filed an indictment against him as a civilian.
© 2009 The Associated Press
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