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Dec. 19, 2004. Details are emerging

about an incident in Tikrit, Iraq, 

May 11, 2004, in which American 

Private Federico Merida, 21, and 

a 17-year-old Iraqi, stationed 

in a guard tower, had consensual 

sex. At about 10:30 p.m., 

Merida shot the teen eleven times. 

In a September court martial held 

at Forward Operating Base Danger, 

Merida pleaded guilty to murder 

without premeditation and was 

sentenced to 25 years in prison 

and reduced in rank and will be 

dishonorably discharged.

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12/20/04

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Copyright 2004 by Greg Baysans

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