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US soldier faces villagers at massacre sentencing

11:11 AM, Aug 21, 2013   |    comments
FILE - This Aug. 23, 2011, file photo, provided by the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System shows Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales during an exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. Bales, a U.S. soldier charged in the killing of 16 Afghan villagers, pleaded guilty in June in a deal with prosecutors to avoid the death penalty. (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock, File)
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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - Two Afghan villagers who traveled about 7,000 miles to testify against a U.S. soldier who massacred their relatives say they wanted more time to address the court.

Haji Wazir Mohammad, a man who lost 11 family members in the attack, and his cousin, Khamal Adin, took the witness stand Wednesday against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales during his sentencing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle.

Bales faces life in prison with or without the possibility of release for killing 16 Afghan civilians in March 2012.

The two villagers answered questions from a prosecutor, describing the horror they found when they arrived at the village and how the attacks have affected them.

When the questions were over, they asked if they could say anything more, but it was prohibited by court rules.

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