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Navy denies parole for Marine in Iraq war crime
Navy denies parole for Marine sergeant convicted in major Iraq war crime case
By The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) ' The Navy has denied parole for a Camp Pendleton Marine convicted of murder in a major Iraq war crime case.

Assistant Secretary of the Navy Juan Garcia said in a statement Tuesday that parole at this time would be premature for 26-year-old Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III, who is set to be released in July 2015 at the earliest.

Hutchins was released for about eight months last year and sent back to work at Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego, after a military court threw out his conviction. The military's highest court later overturned that ruling and sent him back to the brig.

The Massachusetts Marine led an eight-man squad that kidnapped a 52-year-old Iraqi man in 2006 and killed him.

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