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Army medic gets life in killing of 4 Iraqis

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  • Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr. convicted of killing four Iraqi detainees
  • Two other soldiers also face charges in the case
  • Leahy acquitted of murder in the death of another Iraqi
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(CNN) -- A U.S. Army medic was sentenced Friday to life in prison with the possibility of parole after being convicted of murdering four detainees in Iraq, a U.S. military spokesman in Germany said.

Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr., 28, was convicted on two counts of murder and premeditated murder for his role in the 2007 Baghdad area killings.

Leahy was downgraded to private, his pay will be forfeited and he'll get a dishonorable discharge if he is ever released from prison. The sentence was handed down Friday night.

Two other soldiers also face courts-martial in the case, said military spokesman Lt. Col. Eric Bloom.

Leahy was acquitted of murder in a separate incident involving the death of another Iraqi in January 2007.

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