Stars and Stripes reports here that MSgt John Hatley received clemency this week from the CG of Joint Multinational Training Command.   The story says:  

Col. Charles A. Preysler, acting commander of the Joint Multinational Training Command, reduced the sentence of Master Sgt. John Hatley, 41, earlier this week without comment.

The life sentence of a U.S. soldier convicted for the execution-style killings of four bound and blindfolded Iraqi detainees has been reduced to 40 years, military officials announced Friday.

The story also reports that

Hatley is the third soldier implicated in the killings to be granted clemency. In June, JMTC’s then-commander, Brig. Gen. David R. Hogg, reduced the sentences of Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr. and Sgt. 1st Class Joseph P. Mayo to 20 years in prison.

Leahy was initially sentenced to life in prison while Mayo, who had pleaded guilty to premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit premeditated murder, had received a 35-year sentence under a pretrial agreement.  Both men are now eligible for parole in seven years.

There are lots of comments and commentary in the S & S story and I am just not going to comment on any of them for, well, obvious reasons.  Our prior coverage of the Leahy, Hatley and Mayo cases can be found, for starters, here and here.

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