24-year-old Sgt Paul Cortez was given a dishonourable discharge from the US Army and handed a 100 year prison sentence for his part in the gang rape and murder of 14-year-old Iraqi girl Abeer Qassim al-Janabi.
The girl's parents and younger sister were also murdered in the assault by US troops. Cortez described the scene of Pvt. Steven Green raping the girl, then shooting her father, mother and sister before shooting her in the head.
According to terms of a plea agreement, Cortez can be out in as little as 10 years for testifying against his fellow murderers. In a statement to the judge, Cortez apologized for the pain and suffering he caused the al-Janabi family.