• Army sergeant in slaying of 5 pleads guilty as part of deal

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    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - An Army sergeant pleaded guilty Monday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in a plea deal to spare his life in the slaying of five American servicemen.

    Sgt. John Russell pleaded guilty to killing four soliders and a Navy officer in a 2009 shooting rampage at Baghdad's Camp Liberty.

     His lawyers insist the killing spree stemmed from combat stress.

    The plea deal allows Russell to avoid the death penalty and instead serve a life sentence.

     

     

     

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