US soldier convicted in Afghans killings
A US military jury has found guilty the head of an army unit that killed three Afghan civilians for sport and collected body parts as war trophies, Press TV reported.
Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs was convicted of murder, conspiracy and other charges on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.
He faces a maximum sentence of life in military prison.
Gibbs and four other soldiers killed the unarmed Afghan men during patrols in Kandahar province early last year.
The 26-year-old Gibbs acknowledged cutting fingers off corpses and yanking out a victim's tooth to keep as war trophies, "like keeping the antlers off a deer you'd shoot."
Prosecutors said Gibbs and his co-defendants knew the victims posed no danger, but dropped weapons by their dead bodies to make them appear to have been combatants.
Three of the co-defendants pleaded guilty, and two of them testified against Gibbs.
Gibbs' lawyer said the two co-defendants conspired to blame Gibbs for what they themselves had done.