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Army denies clemency bid by whistleblower in 2010 'thrill killings' of Afghan civilians
SEATTLE (AP) ' The Army has denied early release for a soldier who tried to blow the whistle on a plot to kill Afghan civilians in 2010, only to later be convicted in the plot himself.
The clemency bid by former Spc. Adam Winfield of Cape Coral, Fla., was denied early this month despite the recommendation of a prosecutor who said Winfield deserved credit for trying to stop the killings.
Winfield was one of four Washington state-based soldiers convicted in the deaths of three Afghans. When Winfield learned of the first killing, he sent Facebook messages home to his father, who reported the matter to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The Army took no action until months later, after two more civilians had been killed. Winfield said he was pressured to participate in the third killing. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to three years.