Robert Bales pleads guilty to Afghan massacre

Yahoo News

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, plead guilty to multiple murder charges on June 5, 2013. The 2012 pre-dawn shooting rampage in southern Afghanistan further eroded U.S.-Afghan relations already frayed by a decade of war.


Find more news-related pictures in our photo galleries and follow us on Tumblr.

In this Aug. 23, 2011 Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System photo, soldiers from Blackhorse Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, including Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, left, take part in exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. Five days after an attack on Afghan villagers killed 16 civilians, a senior U.S. official identified Bales as the suspect in that attack. (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock)
Robert Bales pleads guilty to Afghan massacre
In this Aug. 23, 2011 Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System photo, soldiers from Blackhorse Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, including Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, left, take part in exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. Five days after an attack on Afghan villagers killed 16 civilians, a senior U.S. official identified Bales as the suspect in that attack. (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock)
This U.S. Army photo, provided by the Tacoma, Wash., News-Tribune, shows Staff Sergeant Robert Bales in March, 2012. The Army's caption describes it as being taken the night of the attacks. Bales, who murdered 16 Afghan villagers in 2012, says he had lost compassion for Iraqis and Afghans over the course of his four combat deployments. The News Tribune newspaper obtained an eight-page letter Bales wrote to the senior Army officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., requesting that his life sentence be reduced. He said his mind was "consumed by war," and that after being in prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan, for two years he now understands that what he thought was normal was the farthest thing from it. (U.S. Army/Tacoma News-Tribune via AP)
Robert Bales pleads guilty to Afghan massacre
This U.S. Army photo, provided by the Tacoma, Wash., News-Tribune, shows Staff Sergeant Robert Bales in March, 2012. The Army's caption describes it as being taken the night of the attacks. Bales, who murdered 16 Afghan villagers in 2012, says he had lost compassion for Iraqis and Afghans over the course of his four combat deployments. The News Tribune newspaper obtained an eight-page letter Bales wrote to the senior Army officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., requesting that his life sentence be reduced. He said his mind was "consumed by war," and that after being in prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan, for two years he now understands that what he thought was normal was the farthest thing from it. (U.S. Army/Tacoma News-Tribune via AP)
The home of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, is shown, Friday, March 16, 2012, in Lake Tapps, Wash. Bales has not yet been charged. He was being flown Friday from Kuwait to a military detention center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the military's only maximum-security prison. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
The home of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, is shown, Friday, March 16, 2012, in Lake Tapps, Wash. Bales has not yet been charged. He was being flown Friday from Kuwait to a military detention center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the military's only maximum-security prison. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
The home of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, is shown, Friday, March 16, 2012, in Lake Tapps, Wash. Bales has not yet been charged. He was being flown Friday from Kuwait to a military detention center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the military's only maximum-security prison. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Boxes and a U.S. flag sit Friday, March 16, 2012, in Lake Tapps, Wash., on the front porch of the home of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Boxes and a U.S. flag sit Friday, March 16, 2012, in Lake Tapps, Wash., on the front porch of the home of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Boxes and a U.S. flag sit Friday, March 16, 2012, in Lake Tapps, Wash., on the front porch of the home of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Afghan villagers wait to head to a news conference after a sentencing hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Bales, who massacred 16 Afghan civilians in 2012 in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Afghan villagers wait to head to a news conference after a sentencing hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Bales, who massacred 16 Afghan civilians in 2012 in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Afghan villagers wait to head to a news conference after a sentencing hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Bales, who massacred 16 Afghan civilians in 2012 in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A young Afghan villager boy named Khan holds the hand of U.S. Army Master Sgt. Timothy Gunther following a news conference with other villagers after a sentencing hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Bales, who massacred 16 Afghan civilians in 2012 in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A young Afghan villager boy named Khan holds the hand of U.S. Army Master Sgt. Timothy Gunther following a news conference with other villagers after a sentencing hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Bales, who massacred 16 Afghan civilians in 2012 in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A young Afghan villager boy named Khan holds the hand of U.S. Army Master Sgt. Timothy Gunther following a news conference with other villagers after a sentencing hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Bales, who massacred 16 Afghan civilians in 2012 in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Afghan villagers speaks during a news conference after a sentencing hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Bales, who massacred 16 Afghan civilians in 2012 in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Afghan villagers speaks during a news conference after a sentencing hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Bales, who massacred 16 Afghan civilians in 2012 in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Afghan villagers speaks during a news conference after a sentencing hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Bales, who massacred 16 Afghan civilians in 2012 in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Hajji Mohammad Naim, who was shot in the neck during an attack on his Afghan village by Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, listens during a news conference after a sentencing hearing for Bales at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Bales, who massacred 16 Afghan civilians in 2012 in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Hajji Mohammad Naim, who was shot in the neck during an attack on his Afghan village by Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, listens during a news conference after a sentencing hearing for Bales at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Bales, who massacred 16 Afghan civilians in 2012 in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Hajji Mohammad Naim, who was shot in the neck during an attack on his Afghan village by Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, listens during a news conference after a sentencing hearing for Bales at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Bales, who massacred 16 Afghan civilians in 2012 in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Mohammed Wazir, left, and his only surviving son, Habib Shahin show pictures or their slain relatives during an interview in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Monday, April 22, 2013. On March 11, 2012, a U.S. soldier burst into their home, and Wazir returned hours later to find 11 members of his family dead, their bodies partially burned. The youngest among the dead was his 1-year-old daughter Palawan Shah. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of Lake Tapps, Washington, is accused of the killings. Bales has not entered a plea, but his lawyers have not disputed his involvement. The Army is seeking the death penalty. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Mohammed Wazir, left, and his only surviving son, Habib Shahin show pictures or their slain relatives during an interview in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Monday, April 22, 2013. On March 11, 2012, a U.S. soldier burst into their home, and Wazir returned hours later to find 11 members of his family dead, their bodies partially burned. The youngest among the dead was his 1-year-old daughter Palawan Shah. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of Lake Tapps, Washington, is accused of the killings. Bales has not entered a plea, but his lawyers have not disputed his involvement. The Army is seeking the death penalty. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Mohammed Wazir, left, and his only surviving son, Habib Shahin show pictures or their slain relatives during an interview in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Monday, April 22, 2013. On March 11, 2012, a U.S. soldier burst into their home, and Wazir returned hours later to find 11 members of his family dead, their bodies partially burned. The youngest among the dead was his 1-year-old daughter Palawan Shah. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of Lake Tapps, Washington, is accused of the killings. Bales has not entered a plea, but his lawyers have not disputed his involvement. The Army is seeking the death penalty. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
In this detail from a courtroom sketch, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, left, stands before military judge Col. Jeffery Nance, right, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during a plea hearing in a military courtroom at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. Bales pleaded guilty to multiple counts of murder, stemming from a pre-dawn attack on two villages in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan in March, 2012. (AP Photo/Peter Millett)
In this detail from a courtroom sketch, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, left, stands before military judge Col. Jeffery Nance, right, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during a plea hearing in a military courtroom at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. Bales pleaded guilty to multiple counts of murder, stemming from a pre-dawn attack on two villages in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan in March, 2012. (AP Photo/Peter Millett)
In this detail from a courtroom sketch, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, left, stands before military judge Col. Jeffery Nance, right, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during a plea hearing in a military courtroom at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. Bales pleaded guilty to multiple counts of murder, stemming from a pre-dawn attack on two villages in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan in March, 2012. (AP Photo/Peter Millett)
Attorney John Henry Browne (R), who is representing Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, talks to the media after Bales was arraigned on 16 counts of premeditated murder, six counts of attempted murder and seven of assault at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, January 17, 2013. Bales, a veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, is accused of gunning down 16 villagers - mostly women and children - over a five-hour period in March 2012 in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. Bales deferred making a plea before a U.S. military court to charges of premeditated murder, for which prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. (REUTERS/Marcus Donner)
Robert Bales pleads guilty to Afghan massacre
Attorney John Henry Browne (R), who is representing Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, talks to the media after Bales was arraigned on 16 counts of premeditated murder, six counts of attempted murder and seven of assault at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, January 17, 2013. Bales, a veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, is accused of gunning down 16 villagers - mostly women and children - over a five-hour period in March 2012 in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. Bales deferred making a plea before a U.S. military court to charges of premeditated murder, for which prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. (REUTERS/Marcus Donner)
A soldier walks outside the building housing a military courtroom on Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state, where a preliminary hearing was expected to conclude Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012, for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Bales is accused of 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder for a pre-dawn attack on two villages in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan last March. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A soldier walks outside the building housing a military courtroom on Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state, where a preliminary hearing was expected to conclude Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012, for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Bales is accused of 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder for a pre-dawn attack on two villages in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan last March. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A soldier walks outside the building housing a military courtroom on Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state, where a preliminary hearing was expected to conclude Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012, for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Bales is accused of 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder for a pre-dawn attack on two villages in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan last March. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Maj. Greg Malson, center, a military attorney for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, talks to reporters as Bales' civilian attorneys, John Henry Browne, left, and Emma Scanlan, right, look on, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 following a plea hearing in a military courtroom at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state. Bales pleaded guilty to multiple counts of murder stemming from a pre-dawn attack on two villages in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan in March, 2012. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Maj. Greg Malson, center, a military attorney for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, talks to reporters as Bales' civilian attorneys, John Henry Browne, left, and Emma Scanlan, right, look on, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 following a plea hearing in a military courtroom at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state. Bales pleaded guilty to multiple counts of murder stemming from a pre-dawn attack on two villages in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan in March, 2012. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Maj. Greg Malson, center, a military attorney for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, talks to reporters as Bales' civilian attorneys, John Henry Browne, left, and Emma Scanlan, right, look on, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 following a plea hearing in a military courtroom at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state. Bales pleaded guilty to multiple counts of murder stemming from a pre-dawn attack on two villages in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan in March, 2012. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
This undated photo released by Fort Leavenworth Public Affairs shows the Joint Regional Correctional Facility (JRCF) at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is facing formal charges in an attack on two slumbering Afghan villages that left 16 people dead, including nine children, is held at the JRCF, which is the minimum- and medium-security facility to house military inmates and pre-trial confinement service members. (AP Photo/Fort Leavenworth Public Affairs)
This undated photo released by Fort Leavenworth Public Affairs shows the Joint Regional Correctional Facility (JRCF) at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is facing formal charges in an attack on two slumbering Afghan villages that left 16 people dead, including nine children, is held at the JRCF, which is the minimum- and medium-security facility to house military inmates and pre-trial confinement service members. (AP Photo/Fort Leavenworth Public Affairs)
This undated photo released by Fort Leavenworth Public Affairs shows the Joint Regional Correctional Facility (JRCF) at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is facing formal charges in an attack on two slumbering Afghan villages that left 16 people dead, including nine children, is held at the JRCF, which is the minimum- and medium-security facility to house military inmates and pre-trial confinement service members. (AP Photo/Fort Leavenworth Public Affairs)
Kari Bales, third from right, stands next to attorney Lance Rosen, third from left, as she listens to her sister, Stephanie Tandberg, second from right, read a statement to reporters Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, outside the building housing a military courtroom on Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state, where a preliminary hearing ended Tuesday for Kari's husband, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Bales is accused of 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder for a pre-dawn attack on two villages in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan in March of 2012. At right is Stephanie's husband, Eric Tandberg. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Kari Bales, third from right, stands next to attorney Lance Rosen, third from left, as she listens to her sister, Stephanie Tandberg, second from right, read a statement to reporters Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, outside the building housing a military courtroom on Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state, where a preliminary hearing ended Tuesday for Kari's husband, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Bales is accused of 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder for a pre-dawn attack on two villages in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan in March of 2012. At right is Stephanie's husband, Eric Tandberg. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Kari Bales, third from right, stands next to attorney Lance Rosen, third from left, as she listens to her sister, Stephanie Tandberg, second from right, read a statement to reporters Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, outside the building housing a military courtroom on Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state, where a preliminary hearing ended Tuesday for Kari's husband, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Bales is accused of 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder for a pre-dawn attack on two villages in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan in March of 2012. At right is Stephanie's husband, Eric Tandberg. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
This undated photo released by Fort Leavenworth Public Affairs shows the Joint Regional Correctional Facility (JRCF) at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is facing formal charges in an attack on two slumbering Afghan villages that left 16 people dead, including nine children, is held at the JRCF, which is the minimum- and medium-security facility to house military inmates and pre-trial confinement service members. (AP Photo/Fort Leavenworth Public Affairs)
This undated photo released by Fort Leavenworth Public Affairs shows the Joint Regional Correctional Facility (JRCF) at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is facing formal charges in an attack on two slumbering Afghan villages that left 16 people dead, including nine children, is held at the JRCF, which is the minimum- and medium-security facility to house military inmates and pre-trial confinement service members. (AP Photo/Fort Leavenworth Public Affairs)
This undated photo released by Fort Leavenworth Public Affairs shows the Joint Regional Correctional Facility (JRCF) at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is facing formal charges in an attack on two slumbering Afghan villages that left 16 people dead, including nine children, is held at the JRCF, which is the minimum- and medium-security facility to house military inmates and pre-trial confinement service members. (AP Photo/Fort Leavenworth Public Affairs)
Mohammed Wazir sits with his only surviving son, Habib Shahin, 3, in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Monday, April 22, 2013 as he talks about the events of March 11, 2012 when a U.S. soldier burst into his family's home. Wazir returned to his home that morning to find 11 members of his family dead, their bodies partially burned. The youngest among the dead was his 1-year-old daughter Palawan Shah. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of Lake Tapps, Washington, is accused of the killings. Bales has not entered a plea, but his lawyers have not disputed his involvement. The Army is seeking the death penalty. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Mohammed Wazir sits with his only surviving son, Habib Shahin, 3, in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Monday, April 22, 2013 as he talks about the events of March 11, 2012 when a U.S. soldier burst into his family's home. Wazir returned to his home that morning to find 11 members of his family dead, their bodies partially burned. The youngest among the dead was his 1-year-old daughter Palawan Shah. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of Lake Tapps, Washington, is accused of the killings. Bales has not entered a plea, but his lawyers have not disputed his involvement. The Army is seeking the death penalty. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Mohammed Wazir sits with his only surviving son, Habib Shahin, 3, in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Monday, April 22, 2013 as he talks about the events of March 11, 2012 when a U.S. soldier burst into his family's home. Wazir returned to his home that morning to find 11 members of his family dead, their bodies partially burned. The youngest among the dead was his 1-year-old daughter Palawan Shah. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of Lake Tapps, Washington, is accused of the killings. Bales has not entered a plea, but his lawyers have not disputed his involvement. The Army is seeking the death penalty. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Said Jan speaks during an interview in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Sunday, April 21, 2013 recalling the morning of March 11, 2012, when he returned home to find his wife and three other family members had been killed and two of his grandchildren wounded. U.S. soldier Robert Bales is accused of the rampage through two villages, killing 16 Afghans, most of them women and children. Said Jan said he went to the United States expecting justice. "I thought we were going to America to see him hanged," he said. "Instead they showed us a courtroom and kept us in rooms asking us more and more questions." Said Jan said he wasn't interested in returning for the trial. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Said Jan speaks during an interview in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Sunday, April 21, 2013 recalling the morning of March 11, 2012, when he returned home to find his wife and three other family members had been killed and two of his grandchildren wounded. U.S. soldier Robert Bales is accused of the rampage through two villages, killing 16 Afghans, most of them women and children. Said Jan said he went to the United States expecting justice. "I thought we were going to America to see him hanged," he said. "Instead they showed us a courtroom and kept us in rooms asking us more and more questions." Said Jan said he wasn't interested in returning for the trial. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Said Jan speaks during an interview in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Sunday, April 21, 2013 recalling the morning of March 11, 2012, when he returned home to find his wife and three other family members had been killed and two of his grandchildren wounded. U.S. soldier Robert Bales is accused of the rampage through two villages, killing 16 Afghans, most of them women and children. Said Jan said he went to the United States expecting justice. "I thought we were going to America to see him hanged," he said. "Instead they showed us a courtroom and kept us in rooms asking us more and more questions." Said Jan said he wasn't interested in returning for the trial. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
A group of anti-war demonstrators hold candles during a vigil in the wake of a massacre of 16 villagers by a suspected rogue American soldier in Afghanistan, outside U.S. President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Oakland, California March 12, 2012. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)
Robert Bales pleads guilty to Afghan massacre
A group of anti-war demonstrators hold candles during a vigil in the wake of a massacre of 16 villagers by a suspected rogue American soldier in Afghanistan, outside U.S. President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Oakland, California March 12, 2012. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)
Family members of civilians killed by a U.S. soldier in Kandahar last week pray during a meeting with Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul March 16, 2012. Karzai on Friday accused the United States of failing to fully cooperate with an investigation into the massacre of 16 Afghan villagers by a U.S. soldier. (REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)
AFGHANISTAN/
Family members of civilians killed by a U.S. soldier in Kandahar last week pray during a meeting with Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul March 16, 2012. Karzai on Friday accused the United States of failing to fully cooperate with an investigation into the massacre of 16 Afghan villagers by a U.S. soldier. (REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)
Supporters of Shabab-e-Milli, the youth wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami party burn the U.S flag during an anti-American demonstration in Karachi on March 16, 2012. Some 100 protestors gather to demonstration on Friday against the killing of at least 16 villagers in Jalalabad province, Afghanistan, by a U.S. Army staff sergeant on March 11, and condemned the February 21 burning of copies of the Koran at NATO's main base in Afghanistan. (REUTERS/Athar Hussain)
Robert Bales pleads guilty to Afghan massacre
Supporters of Shabab-e-Milli, the youth wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami party burn the U.S flag during an anti-American demonstration in Karachi on March 16, 2012. Some 100 protestors gather to demonstration on Friday against the killing of at least 16 villagers in Jalalabad province, Afghanistan, by a U.S. Army staff sergeant on March 11, and condemned the February 21 burning of copies of the Koran at NATO's main base in Afghanistan. (REUTERS/Athar Hussain)
Afghan protesters shout anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration in Jalalabad province, against Sunday's shooting of at least 16 villagers by a U.S. Army staff sergeant in the volatile Afghan province of Kandahar, March 13, 2012. The shootings triggered a protest by around 2,000 students in the eastern city of Jalalabad, the first since Sunday's attack, who called for the U.S. soldier to be prosecuted by Afghan authorities in Kandahar. (REUTERS/Parwiz)
Robert Bales pleads guilty to Afghan massacre
Afghan protesters shout anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration in Jalalabad province, against Sunday's shooting of at least 16 villagers by a U.S. Army staff sergeant in the volatile Afghan province of Kandahar, March 13, 2012. The shootings triggered a protest by around 2,000 students in the eastern city of Jalalabad, the first since Sunday's attack, who called for the U.S. soldier to be prosecuted by Afghan authorities in Kandahar. (REUTERS/Parwiz)
FILE - In this Sunday, March 11, 2012 file photo, men stand next to blood stains and charred remains inside a home where witnesses say Afghans were killed by a U.S. soldier in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was charged on Friday, March 23, 2012 with 17 counts of premeditated murder, a capital offense that could lead to the death penalty in the massacre of Afghan civilians, the U.S. military said. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, March 11, 2012 file photo, men stand next to blood stains and charred remains inside a home where witnesses say Afghans were killed by a U.S. soldier in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was charged on Friday, March 23, 2012 with 17 counts of premeditated murder, a capital offense that could lead to the death penalty in the massacre of Afghan civilians, the U.S. military said. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, March 11, 2012 file photo, men stand next to blood stains and charred remains inside a home where witnesses say Afghans were killed by a U.S. soldier in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was charged on Friday, March 23, 2012 with 17 counts of premeditated murder, a capital offense that could lead to the death penalty in the massacre of Afghan civilians, the U.S. military said. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan, File)
–
Graphic in Nature
An Afghan man looks over the dead bodies of people killed by coalition forces in Kandahar province, March 11, 2012. Afghanistan's defence ministry said coalition forces killed 15 civilians in a shooting spree in Kandahar province on Sunday, an incident likely to deepen a crisis in relations between Washington and Kabul. (REUTERS/Ahmad Nadeem)
Robert Bales pleads guilty to Afghan massacre
An Afghan man looks over the dead bodies of people killed by coalition forces in Kandahar province, March 11, 2012. Afghanistan's defence ministry said coalition forces killed 15 civilians in a shooting spree in Kandahar province on Sunday, an incident likely to deepen a crisis in relations between Washington and Kabul. (REUTERS/Ahmad Nadeem)
Afghan men sit in a bus with the body of a person who was allegedly killed by a U.S. service member in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 11, 2012. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says a U.S. service member has killed more than a dozen people in a shooting, including nine children and three women. Karzai called the attack Sunday "an assassination" and demanded an explanation from the United States. He says several people were also wounded in the attack on two villages near a U.S. base in the southern province of Kandahar. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
Afghan men sit in a bus with the body of a person who was allegedly killed by a U.S. service member in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 11, 2012. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says a U.S. service member has killed more than a dozen people in a shooting, including nine children and three women. Karzai called the attack Sunday "an assassination" and demanded an explanation from the United States. He says several people were also wounded in the attack on two villages near a U.S. base in the southern province of Kandahar. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
Afghan men sit in a bus with the body of a person who was allegedly killed by a U.S. service member in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 11, 2012. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says a U.S. service member has killed more than a dozen people in a shooting, including nine children and three women. Karzai called the attack Sunday "an assassination" and demanded an explanation from the United States. He says several people were also wounded in the attack on two villages near a U.S. base in the southern province of Kandahar. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
An elderly Afghan man sits next to the covered body of a person who was allegedly killed by a U.S. service member, in a minibus in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 11, 2012. A U.S. service member walked out of a base in southern Afghanistan before dawn Sunday and started shooting Afghan civilians, according to villagers and Afghan and NATO officials. Villagers showed an Associated Press photographer 15 bodies, including women and children, and alleged they were killed by the American. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
An elderly Afghan man sits next to the covered body of a person who was allegedly killed by a U.S. service member, in a minibus in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 11, 2012. A U.S. service member walked out of a base in southern Afghanistan before dawn Sunday and started shooting Afghan civilians, according to villagers and Afghan and NATO officials. Villagers showed an Associated Press photographer 15 bodies, including women and children, and alleged they were killed by the American. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
An elderly Afghan man sits next to the covered body of a person who was allegedly killed by a U.S. service member, in a minibus in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 11, 2012. A U.S. service member walked out of a base in southern Afghanistan before dawn Sunday and started shooting Afghan civilians, according to villagers and Afghan and NATO officials. Villagers showed an Associated Press photographer 15 bodies, including women and children, and alleged they were killed by the American. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
An Afghan woman gestures to the body of a child, who was allegedly killed by a U.S. service member in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March. 11, 2012. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says a U.S. service member has killed more than a dozen people in a shooting including nine children and three women. Karzai called the attack Sunday "an assassination" and demanded an explanation from the United States. He says several people were also wounded in the attack on two villages near a U.S. base in the southern province of Kandahar. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
An Afghan woman gestures to the body of a child, who was allegedly killed by a U.S. service member in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March. 11, 2012. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says a U.S. service member has killed more than a dozen people in a shooting including nine children and three women. Karzai called the attack Sunday "an assassination" and demanded an explanation from the United States. He says several people were also wounded in the attack on two villages near a U.S. base in the southern province of Kandahar. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
An Afghan woman gestures to the body of a child, who was allegedly killed by a U.S. service member in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March. 11, 2012. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says a U.S. service member has killed more than a dozen people in a shooting including nine children and three women. Karzai called the attack Sunday "an assassination" and demanded an explanation from the United States. He says several people were also wounded in the attack on two villages near a U.S. base in the southern province of Kandahar. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
Afghan National Army soldiers keep watch as Afghans gather outside a U.S. base in Panjwai district Kandahar province, March 11, 2012. Coalition forces killed 15 civilians in a shooting spree in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province on Sunday, the defence ministry said, in an incident likely to deepen the growing divide between Washington and Kabul. (REUTERS/Ahmad Nadeem)
Robert Bales pleads guilty to Afghan massacre
Afghan National Army soldiers keep watch as Afghans gather outside a U.S. base in Panjwai district Kandahar province, March 11, 2012. Coalition forces killed 15 civilians in a shooting spree in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province on Sunday, the defence ministry said, in an incident likely to deepen the growing divide between Washington and Kabul. (REUTERS/Ahmad Nadeem)
U.S. soldiers keep watch at the entrance of a U.S. base in Panjwai district Kandahar province, March 11, 2012. The U.S. embassy in Kabul warned on Sunday that anti-American reprisals are possible after Western forces went on a rampage in southern Kandahar province, killing at least 15 civilians. (REUTERS/Ahmad Nadeem)
Robert Bales pleads guilty to Afghan massacre
U.S. soldiers keep watch at the entrance of a U.S. base in Panjwai district Kandahar province, March 11, 2012. The U.S. embassy in Kabul warned on Sunday that anti-American reprisals are possible after Western forces went on a rampage in southern Kandahar province, killing at least 15 civilians. (REUTERS/Ahmad Nadeem)
U.S. Army and Afghan soldiers are seen in a guard tower at their base in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 11, 2012. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says a U.S. service member has killed more than a dozen people in a shooting including nine children and three women. Karzai called the attack Sunday "an assassination" and demanded an explanation from the United States. He says several people were also wounded in the attack on two villages near a U.S. base in the southern province of Kandahar. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
U.S. Army and Afghan soldiers are seen in a guard tower at their base in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 11, 2012. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says a U.S. service member has killed more than a dozen people in a shooting including nine children and three women. Karzai called the attack Sunday "an assassination" and demanded an explanation from the United States. He says several people were also wounded in the attack on two villages near a U.S. base in the southern province of Kandahar. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
U.S. Army and Afghan soldiers are seen in a guard tower at their base in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 11, 2012. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says a U.S. service member has killed more than a dozen people in a shooting including nine children and three women. Karzai called the attack Sunday "an assassination" and demanded an explanation from the United States. He says several people were also wounded in the attack on two villages near a U.S. base in the southern province of Kandahar. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
In this Aug. 23, 2011 Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System photo, Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, right, participates in an exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. Five days after an attack on Afghan villagers killed 16 civilians, a senior U.S. official identified the shooter in that attack as Bales. The man at left is unidentified. (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock)
In this Aug. 23, 2011 Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System photo, Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, right, participates in an exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. Five days after an attack on Afghan villagers killed 16 civilians, a senior U.S. official identified the shooter in that attack as Bales. The man at left is unidentified. (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock)
In this Aug. 23, 2011 Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System photo, Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, right, participates in an exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. Five days after an attack on Afghan villagers killed 16 civilians, a senior U.S. official identified the shooter in that attack as Bales. The man at left is unidentified. (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock)
A U.S. soldier, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), stands outside a military base in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March. 11, 2012. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says a U.S. service member has killed more than a dozen people in a shooting including nine children and three women. Karzai called the attack Sunday "an assassination" and demanded an explanation from the United States. He says several people were also wounded in the attack on two villages near a U.S. base in the southern province of Kandahar. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
A U.S. soldier, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), stands outside a military base in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March. 11, 2012. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says a U.S. service member has killed more than a dozen people in a shooting including nine children and three women. Karzai called the attack Sunday "an assassination" and demanded an explanation from the United States. He says several people were also wounded in the attack on two villages near a U.S. base in the southern province of Kandahar. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
A U.S. soldier, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), stands outside a military base in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March. 11, 2012. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says a U.S. service member has killed more than a dozen people in a shooting including nine children and three women. Karzai called the attack Sunday "an assassination" and demanded an explanation from the United States. He says several people were also wounded in the attack on two villages near a U.S. base in the southern province of Kandahar. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
In this Aug. 23, 2011 Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System photo, soldiers from Blackhorse Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, including Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, left, take part in exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. Five days after an attack on Afghan villagers killed 16 civilians, a senior U.S. official identified Bales as the suspect in that attack. (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock)
In this Aug. 23, 2011 Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System photo, soldiers from Blackhorse Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, including Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, left, take part in exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. Five days after an attack on Afghan villagers killed 16 civilians, a senior U.S. official identified Bales as the suspect in that attack. (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock)
In this Aug. 23, 2011 Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System photo, soldiers from Blackhorse Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, including Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, left, take part in exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. Five days after an attack on Afghan villagers killed 16 civilians, a senior U.S. official identified Bales as the suspect in that attack. (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock)
In this Aug. 23, 2011 Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System photo, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 1st platoon sergeant, Blackhorse Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division participates in an exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. A senior U.S. official, Friday March 16, 2012 identified Bales as the man accused of killing 16 civilians in an attack on Afghan villagers five days ago. (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock)
In this Aug. 23, 2011 Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System photo, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 1st platoon sergeant, Blackhorse Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division participates in an exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. A senior U.S. official, Friday March 16, 2012 identified Bales as the man accused of killing 16 civilians in an attack on Afghan villagers five days ago. (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock)
In this Aug. 23, 2011 Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System photo, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 1st platoon sergeant, Blackhorse Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division participates in an exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. A senior U.S. official, Friday March 16, 2012 identified Bales as the man accused of killing 16 civilians in an attack on Afghan villagers five days ago. (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock)
Robert Bales, the Army sergeant accused of murdering 16 Afghan villagers in 2012, is pleading guilty in a deal to avoid the death penalty. Norah O'Donnell reports.
Army Sgt. Bales to plead guilty in Afghan murders
Robert Bales, the Army sergeant accused of murdering 16 Afghan villagers in 2012, is pleading guilty in a deal to avoid the death penalty. Norah O'Donnell reports.
This photo from the Norwood, Ohio High School 1991 yearbook shows Robert Bales who graduated in 1991. Bales boasted of being one of the good guys, a proud patriot who enlisted in the army just two months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and engaged in some of the fiercest fighting in Iraq. But the gung-ho military volunteer had a darker, more troubled and contradictory side - which surfaced over and over during his sometimes turbulent life. The 38-year-old Army staff sergeant is accused of killing 16 Afghans, including nine children in March 2012. (AP Photo/Yearbook via The Cincinnati Enquirer)
AP
This photo from the Norwood, Ohio High School 1991 yearbook shows Robert Bales who graduated in 1991. Bales boasted of being one of the good guys, a proud patriot who enlisted in the army just two months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and engaged in some of the fiercest fighting in Iraq. But the gung-ho military volunteer had a darker, more troubled and contradictory side - which surfaced over and over during his sometimes turbulent life. The 38-year-old Army staff sergeant is accused of killing 16 Afghans, including nine children in March 2012. (AP Photo/Yearbook via The Cincinnati Enquirer)

What to Read Next