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Posted: Friday, August 6th, 2004 5:47 AM HST

Hawaii soldier sentenced to three years in Iraqi civilian killing

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) _ A Schofield Barracks soldier serving in Iraq has been convicted in a military trial of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an Iraqi civilian.

Private First Class Edward Richmond of Louisiana was sentenced to three years in prison and given a dishonorable discharge.

Richmond, who's 20, had been charged with unpremeditated murder for shooting Muhamad Husain Kadir in the back of the head on February 28th near Taal Al Jai.

That charge carries a maximum life sentence.

But after 90 minutes of deliberations today, the Army court-martial panel of five officers and five enlisted soldiers in Tikrit reduced the charge of voluntary manslaughter.

The panel returned the sentence two hours later. The sentence also reduces Richmond's rank to private and calls for forfeiture of all pay and allowances.

Richmond was the third U-S soldier to face a court-martial on a murder charge in the Iraq war.

Richmond is a member of Headquarters Company, First Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, a unit of the Schofield-based 25th Infantry Division's Second Brigade Combat Team. Richmond and his unit left Hawaii in January for yearlong deployment to Iraq.

Richmond is originally from Gonzales, Louisiana, about 60 miles west of New Orleans. His father, Edward Richmond Senior, traveled to Iraq to attend his son's court-martial.

(Copyright 2004 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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