Fort Campbell Soldier Sentenced for Iraqi Girl's Murder

Fort Campbell, KY. (AP) - A soldier was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with the possibility of parole for conspiring to rape a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and kill her and her family.

Spc. James P. Barker, one of four Fort Campbell soldiers accused in the March 12 rape and killings, pleaded guilty Wednesday and agreed to testify against the others to avoid the death penalty.

Under terms of the plea agreement, Barker will not serve more than 90 years in prison, said Lt. Col. Richard Anderson, the military judge presiding over the court-martial. The sentence and the plea agreement now must be ruled upon by a military legal official overseeing the case.

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