Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

March 31, 2005

Convicted of mercy killing

Filed under: — Different River @ 2:45 pm

No, not of Terri Schiavo. A soldier was court-martialed, and found guilty of putting a “gravely wounded” (AKA terminal) enemy soldier out of his misery.

WIESBADEN, Germany (AP) – A military court on Thursday found a U.S. Army tank company commander guilty of charges related to the shooting death of a wounded Iraqi last year.

Capt. Rogelio “Roger” Maynulet, a 30-year-old from Chicago, stood at attention as the verdict was read. The charge – assault with intent to commit voluntary manslaughter – carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Maynulet violated military rules of engagement by shooting a man who was wounded and unarmed. Maynulet, 30, maintained that the man was gravely wounded and that he shot him to end his suffering.

UPDATE (4/1/05 4:20pm):

There is a more detailed article here.

Blackfive has some insightful comments here. The discussion in the comments is also interesting. I don’t know if I agree with any of it, but it’s interesting.

Also, Blackfive reports that he has been sentenced to be discharged from the Army. No word on the type of discharge.

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