Fort Carson Soldier Sentenced

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A military jury has sentenced a Fort Carson soldier to six months in prison for ordering soldiers to force Iraqis into the Tigris River at gunpoint.

Sergeant First Class Tracy Perkins also was reduced by one rank to staff sergeant but he won't be kicked out of the Army.

The verdict was returned Saturday after the six-man jury of Army officers and enlisted members deliberated for three and one-half hours.

Perkins could have been dishonorably discharged and sentenced to eleven and a half years in prison.

Perkins was convicted Friday of assault and obstructing justice. He was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter and making a false statement.

Before his sentencing, Sergeant Perkins tearfully apologized for ordering his soldiers to throw the Iraqis into the Tigris River.

He told the jury of Army officers and enlisted members Saturday that that his actions were wrong. But he said he still loves the military and doesn't want to lose his job.