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U.S. Marine Found Guilty At Retrial In 2006 Murder Of Iraqi Civilian

A U.S. Marine has been found guilty of murder in the 2006 slaying of a disabled Iraqi civilian, a killing that prosecutors said was motivated by a desire to send a message to a resistant Iraqi village.

Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins III was initially convicted of murder, larceny, and making false statements over the killing. His conviction was later overturned.

In the retrial on June 17, Hutchins was convicted on three out of four counts, including murder.

Prosecutors said Hutchins led a squad of Marines whose mission was to stop militants' use of improvised bombs in the Iraqi village of Hamdania.

When they could not find the suspected bomber, they went to a nearby house and took a disabled former police officer who was not a suspect, witnesses said.

Hutchins and other Marines shot 52-year-old Hashim Ibrahim Awad, a father of 11 and grandfather of four, and placed an AK-47 and a shovel next to the corpse to suggest he had been planting a bomb, they said.

Hutchins faces a possible sentence of more than four years.

Based on reporting by Reuters and the Los Angeles Times

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