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Jordanian soldier convicted in killing of 3 American troops

Jordanian soldier convicted in killing of 3 American troops

Jordanian soldier convicted in killing of 3 American troops

The defendant was sentenced Monday to life in prison with hard labor.

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Associated Press Published 5:13 a.m. ET July 17, 2017 | Updated 5:13 a.m. ET July 17, 2017

AP JORDAN AMERICANS KILLED I JOR

This June 17, 2017 photo shows a dog tag made in memorial of fallen U.S. Green Beret Kevin McEnroe worn by his father Brian in Amman, Jordan.(Photo: Sam McNeil, AP)

AMMAN, Jordan - A military court in Jordan has convicted a Jordanian soldier in the shooting deaths of three U.S. military trainers at the gate of an air base.

The defendant was sentenced Monday to life in prison with hard labor.

He had pleaded “not guilty,” saying he opened fire because he feared the base was coming under attack.

The three U.S. Army Green Berets were killed Nov. 4, as their convoy waited at the base gate. Jordan initially said the Americans triggered the shooting by disobeying entry rules, a claim that was later withdrawn.

Relatives of the slain troops were in court on Monday.

Several had previously criticized Jordan’s handling of the case and said the maximum possible sentence of life in prison was not severe enough, calling for the death penalty.

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