Reuters reports that the military judge sentenced SPC Jeremy Morlock to 24 years in prison after accepting his guilty plea to three counts of premeditated murder. No word in initial reports about the mental capacity issues raised earlier or whether the PTA had any effect on the sentence. The report states that Morlock apologized to the families of the victims and the people of Afghanistan, stating also that he “lost his moral compass.”

8 Responses to “SPC Morlock Receives 24-Year Sentence in 5th Stryker Brigade Case”

  1. B says:

    I believe a premeditated murder conviction brings a mandatory minimum of life with opportunity for parole, so the 24 year sentence must reflect a PTA-based cap.

  2. C says:

    Nope B you are wrong . . . no mandatory minimums in UCMJ. 24 was the quantum.

    http://www.ktuu.com/news/ktuu-morlock-pleads-guilty-in-deaths-of-3-afghan-civilians-032311,0,1028818.story

  3. Mike No Man Navarre says:

    I agree B, also likely the premed report was wrong and he pled to 118(2) after being charged under 118(1).

  4. Some Army Guy says:

    Adjudged sentence was life with parole and a DD.

  5. Phil Stackhouse says:

    Watched the trial all day today. Short version is that the judge accepted the pleas, deliberated for about an hour and 10 minutes and returned to sentence SPC Morlock.

    Judge awarded reduction to E-1, Total Forfeitures, Confinement for life WITH possibility of parole, and a dishonorable discharge.

    Pretrial Agreement protected SPC Morlock from serving more than 24 years.

    (I represent a co-accused)

  6. Mike No Man Navarre says:

    Thanks, Phil. This is why we keep the comment feature. Appreciate the facts.

  7. Ama Goste says:

    Nope, C, you’re the one who’s incorrect. While most UCMJ offenses don’t carry mandatory minimums, Article 118(1) and (4) are exceptions, as is Article 106.

  8. Dew_Process says:

    From another perspective….

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2011/03/the-kill-team-photographs.html