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US marine pleads guilty to Haditha killings - Americas - Al Jazeera English

US marine pleads guilty to Haditha killings - Americas - Al Jazeera EnglishA US Marine sergeant accused of leading a massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha pleaded guilty on Monday to negligence, ending the final prosecution stemming from a 2005 incident.

Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, 31, the commander of a group of Marines whose other members have been exonerated, entered his plea as part of a deal with military prosecutors in which more serious charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault were dismissed.

Wuterich was initially charged with murder.

A sentencing hearing will be held Tuesday, said a spokesman for Camp Pendleton, south of Los Angeles.