Jor­da­nian sol­dier con­victed in killing of 3 Amer­i­can troops

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - NATION & WORLD -

AMMAN, Jor­dan — A mil­i­tary court con­victed a Jor­da­nian sol­dier Mon­day of killing three U.S. mil­i­tary train­ers at a Jor­da­nian air base and sen­tenced him to life in prison with hard la­bor.

1st Sgt. Marik alTuwayha, who had pleaded “not guilty,” has said he opened fire be­cause he feared the base was com­ing un­der at­tack.

The three Army Green Berets — Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen, 27, Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEn­roe, 30, and Staff Sgt. James F. Mo­ri­arty, 27 — were killed Nov. 4, 2016, as their con­voy waited at the base gate. Jor­dan ini­tially said the Amer­i­cans trig­gered the shoot­ing by dis­obey­ing en­try rules, a claim later with­drawn.

Rel­a­tives had crit­i­cized Jor­dan’s han­dling of the case and said the max­i­mum pos­si­ble sen­tence of life in prison was not se­vere enough, call­ing for the death penalty.

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