- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 28, 2005

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Army Pfc. Lynndie England, who said she was only trying to please her soldier boyfriend when she took part in detainee abuse at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, was sentenced yesterday to three years behind bars.

England’s sentencing wrapped up the last of nine courts-martial of soldiers charged in the scandal.

The jury of five Army officers needed about 90 minutes to determine their sentence for England, 22, who was the most recognizable of the reservists charged after photos of naked detainees in degrading poses became public last year.

England was convicted Monday on six of seven counts involving prisoner mistreatment. The charges carried up to nine years, but the prosecution had asked the jury to imprison England for four to six years. The defense asked for no time. None of the lawyers would speak with reporters after the sentence was announced.

After the sentence was announced, England spent some time with her 11-month-old son, Carter, before shuffling out of the courthouse with her arms and legs in shackles and making her way to a waiting van.

In a photo taken in 2003 that helped spark anger in the United States and abroad, England held a naked Iraqi prisoner on a leash, while in others she posed with a pyramid of naked detainees and pointed at one man’s genitals while a cigarette hung from the corner of her mouth.

England said yesterday that she appeared in the photos at the behest of Pvt. Charles A. Graner Jr. Graner, whom England identified as the father of the child she conceived while stationed in Iraq, was sentenced to 10 years for his role in the scandal.

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