11th conviction in Afghan war crimes probe



JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The Army has won its 11th conviction in an investigation of war crimes involving Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers.

The News Tribune (http://bit.ly/rBXRET ) reports Staff Sgt. David Bram was found guilty Friday and sentenced to five years in prison. The 27-year-old was accused of covering up wrongdoing in Afghanistan when he could have stopped it.

Bram was found guilty of assaulting a private who blew the whistle on drug use in their platoon, soliciting another soldier to join him in a scheme to murder Afghan civilians, impeding an Army investigation and disobeying a general order by possessing photos of casualties.

A five-soldier jury found Bram not guilty of abusing Afghan detainees and planting an AK-47 magazine near a corpse after a shooting in January 2010.

Bram’s conviction leaves one soldier from the platoon to face a jury.


Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com