Sabrina Harman Sentenced to Six Months in Jaill
Bump and Update: Sabrina Harman's gamble to go to trial paid off. She was sentenced today to six months in prison, less than what the Government had last offeredl
Original Post 5/16
Sabrina Harman was convicted by a military jury today of six of the seven counts against her. The six counts are conspiracy to maltreat detainees, four counts of maltreating detainees and one count of dereliction of duty. She was acquitted of one count of maltreatment. The sentencing phase begins tomorrow. The maximum she can receive is five and one half years.
The prosecutor's version:
"They were all acting together for their own amusement," said Capt. Chris Graveline. "There was no justification for what they did that night."
The defense version:
Defense lawyer Frank Spinner said Harman was a novice soldier who had no prison guard experience and who received virtually no training before going to work at the chaotic and overcrowded prison .... "Shame on the Army for putting an ill-equipped, ill-trained junior specialist in a position where she had to challenge her (enlisted) leadership to do the right thing."
It's impossible to work up any sympathy for Sabrina Harman. A child would know what she did was wrong. Her lawyer did make one good point, though:
"This is not one of the Army's finest moments."
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