US soldier agrees to plea deal in Iraqi killings
1. A US soldier killed 24 Iraqi civilians, men, women, and children and was charged for manslaughter before a US military court.
2. US law allows for plea bargaining between the prosecutors and the accused person. Through this the soldier agreed that he would plead guilty if the charge is changed from manslaughter to dereliction of duty.
3. He was then sentenced by the court to reduction in rank to private, pay cut by two-thirds and three months jail.