11 November, 2011

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U.S. Army Staff Sgt Calvin Gibbs has been found guilty on all charges, including the murders of three Afghan civilians.

He faces a maximum sentence of life in military prison.

Gibbs is the highest-ranking of five soldiers accused of murdering Afghan villagers, planting weapons on them and cutting off body parts to keep as grisly war trophies. Seven other soldiers were also charged with lesser crimes.

Prosecutors described the clean-cut and tall Gibbs as looking like he walked off a "recruiting poster." But the staff sergeant also sported six skull tattoos on his left shin signifying his "kills," prosecutors said, quoted Darwin and referred to Afghan civilians as "savages."

According to soldiers who testified at the court-martial, Gibbs discussed what he called "scenarios," or staging firefights so the soldiers could kill civilians and make it look as if they were Taliban fighters.

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