Air Force jet lands about an hour from Army prison

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An Air Force cargo jet has arrived at Kansas City International Airport, about an hour from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas where the Army is expected to transfer a soldier accused of gunning down 16 Afghan villagers.

The jet could be seen pulling up to a gate at the end of a commercial terminal shortly after 9 p.m. Friday. A convoy of unmarked vehicles pulled away from the tarmac and out of the airport shortly thereafter.

The terminal has been completely blocked off and law enforcement officers are blocking access inside.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales had previously been moved to Kuwait from Afghanistan. Bales is a 38-year-old 11-year veteran who was in the midst of his fourth tour in a war zone.