Monday, January 5, 2009
The Army Times reports that the White House has confirmed "President Bush is considering a request that an eastern Idaho soldier convicted of killing an unarmed Iraqi receive a pardon." More specifically, a letter from the White House says “views" on the matter would be "seriously considered.” Sgt. Evan Vela, an Army sniper, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing an unarmed Iraqi civilian who stumbled upon him and five other soldiers who were sleeping, for planting an AK-47 rifle on the dead man’s body and for lying to military investigators. His father recently send 235 letters of support to the White House, including letters from Senator Mike Crapo (R) and Representative Mike Simpson (R). See complete story here.