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Marine says no to prison release to witness birth
Camp Pendleton Marine turns down offer to be released from prison to witness child's birth
By The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) ' A Camp Pendleton Marine convicted of murder in an Iraq war crime has turned down an offer to be released from prison to attend the birth of his second child.

A Marine spokesman tells the North County Times ( ) that Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III and his family decided against it because they did not want his 7-year-old daughter to see him in restraints.

Hutchins' wife, Reyna, gave birth to a son Monday at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.

Hutchins was convicted of leading an eight-man squad that kidnapped an Iraqi man, marched him into a ditch and killed him in 2006. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

The other defendants were released as a result of plea deals or decisions that sentenced them to time served.

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