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Originally posted by jrod
reply to post by Hellas
Have you ever been in a combat situation? Have you ever had orders to kill someone?
The military has sentenced 15 servicemen to death since 1984, the year President Reagan reinstated the death penalty. But due to appeals, commutations and stays, just five men remain in the unit for the condemned.
John Bennet was the last soldier to be executed by the military. He was hanged in 1961, convicted of the rape and attempted murder of an 11-year-old Australian girl.
Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the president must sign the order for an inmate to be executed.
In July 2008, President George W. Bush signed the order to execute Gray, 43, a former Army specialist convicted of multiple rapes and murders, but a federal judge stayed the execution and Gray remains on death row.
Originally posted by Ek Bharatiya
I think they are just words from Panetta to calm down the situation. If the past convictions are an example it shows the soldier will most probably get a two to five year of jail time and then released on probation with discharge. He will roam freely around after that.