US Soldier Gets 7-Month Sentence In Iraq Killings

VILSECK, Germany — A U.S. military judge has handed a 7-month sentence and a dishonorable discharge to a soldier who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder in the slaying of four bound and blindfolded Iraqis.

Spc. Belmor Ramos, 23, faced a possible sentence of life in prison but worked out a plea agreement Thursday.

He has agreed to testify against other soldiers alleged to be involved in the killing of the Iraqis, whose bodies were dumped in a Baghdad canal.

Ramos confessed to standing guard as the prisoners were killed. Three other soldiers in the unit were charged Tuesday with premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit premeditated murder and obstruction of justice.