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  • United States Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, age 38, is the primary suspect in the murder of 16 Afghan civilians on March 11, 2012 in the Panjwai District of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. He was taken into custody by US military authorities and transported to the United States, where he is expected to stand trial.
  • Robert Bales is a former United States Army soldier who murdered 16 Afghan civilians in Panjwayi, Kandahar, Afghanistan, on March 11, 2012 – an event known as the Kandahar massacre. In order to avoid the death penalty, Bales pleaded guilty to 16 counts of murder and six counts of assault and attempted murder in a plea deal. On August 23, 2013, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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