Army officer sentenced to 20 years in prison for Afghanistan shootings

Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance (Image courtesy www.defendoursoldier.com)
July 31, 2013 9:00:00 PM PDT
A Fort Bragg jury found 1st Lt. Clint Lorance guilty on two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder in connection with shootings in Afghanistan Thursday.

He was found not guilty of making false statements and impeding the investigation.

Lorance was then sentenced to 20 years in prison, forfeiture of all pay, and dismissal of service.

Lorance had no comment as he left the Fort Bragg Courthouse late Thursday evening.

The ten-year Army veteran was convicted of ordering his men to shoot two Afghan civilians on motorcycles while on patrol last summer.

After he was convicted, Lorance took the witness stand telling the court-martial, "I take full responsibility for action of my men on 2 July 2012."

For now, Lorance is in the custody of his unit. After a medical evaluation at Womack Army Medical Center, he will be taken to the military prison at Camp Lejeune to await his transfer to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary.

Military officials say his case will be automatically appealed.

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