Jury Selected for Afghanistan Massacre Sentencing

Updated: 08/20/2013 1:15 PM KSTP.com By: Scott Theisen

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales
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A jury of six soldiers has been selected to determine whether the U.S. soldier who killed 16 Afghan civilians during raids on two villages last year will ever have a chance at getting out of prison.
    
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pleaded guilty in June to avoid the death penalty for killing the civilians, mostly women and children, on March 11, 2012.
    
The six jurors are tasked with determining whether the Ohio native and father of two from Lake Tapps, Wash., receives life in prison with the possibility of parole, or without it.
    
If he is sentenced to life with parole, Bales would be eligible in 20 years, but there's no guarantee he would receive it.

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