Jordanian soldier convicted in killing of 3 American troops
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 Jordan initially said the Americans triggered the shooting by disobeying entry rules, a claim later withdrawn.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.