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The Uniform Code of Military Justice has the death penalty on its books, but it is rarely used. The last soldier executed by the military was Army Pvt. John Bennett who was hanged in 1961 for rape and attempted murder. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan reintroduced the death penalty in the military. In 2008, Army Pvt. Ronald Gray, who was convicted of rape and murder, was set to be executed by injection but was granted a stay.

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