Plea deal set in court-martial at Lewis-McChord

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- A soldier who tried to blow the whistle on a plot to murder Afghan civilians is expected to plead guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter Friday at his court-martial at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Spc. Adam Winfield of Cape Coral, Fla., is one of five 5th Stryker Brigade soldiers initially charged with premeditated murder of three civilians last year in Afghanistan. Winfield said he was pressured into taking part.

A person familiar with the case who did not want to be named because Winfield had not yet entered a plea said Monday that he had reached a plea agreement under which he'll serve no more than eight years in prison.

The Army said Wednesday a plea agreement had been accepted, but it did not release details.