U.S. Soldier Found Guilty Of Murdering Afghan Civilians
Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs was found guilty of abusing his leadership position and persuading lower-ranking soldiers to participate in plots to murder Afghan civilians last year.
Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs’ conviction Thursday affirms the Army’s depiction of him as a cold-blooded murderer who called Afghans “dirty savages” and openly cut fingers from corpses to bind his collaborators into a rogue “kill team.”
He was found guilty of 15 criminal charges, including three murders. The murders carry a minimum sentence of life in prison…
Gibbs was one of a dozen soldiers from Lewis-McChord’s 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division who came home a month early from their deployment accused of misconduct ranging from assaulting a private to stabbing a corpse.
Five of them including Gibbs were accused of murdering civilians. Three of those soldiers had pleaded guilty to the murders before Gibbs’ trial, and they testified at his court-martial. The fifth alleged “kill team” participant, Spc. Michael Wagnon, is expected to face his court-martial in January.Click here for reuse options!
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