Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sgt. Evan Vela, a U.S. Army sniper, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in February for killing an unarmed Iraqi civilian who came upon him and five other soldiers as they were sleeping in May of 2007. During the trial, Vela and others with his unit testified they were "confused and exhausted" after more than two days of trekking in high temperatures. Vela also testified that he couldn't remember shooting Genei Nasir al-Janabi. But Vela was also convicted of planting an AK-47 on the dead man's body and of lying to military investigators. His father says, "We have gathered many letters asking President Bush to grant Evan a presidential pardon before he leaves office." A web site supporting the pardon can be found here. See full story here.