Observers say Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr. unexpectedly light sentence could tarnish the government and hurt human-rights efforts internationally.
Meanwhile, the youngest son of slain Major General Abed Hamed Mowhoush says Welshofer should have been punished harder. Mohammed Mowhoush told The Denver Post that his family wants justice and is prepared to sell their home and clothing to press for a harsher punishment.
Amnesty International Advocacy Director Jumana Musa says a case like Welshofer's will erode the US' credibility while it's urging other countries to increase human-right protections. She says human rights progress could be set back by giving countries an excuse to justify its abuses.
Welshofer was convicted on Saturday of negligent homicide and negligent dereliction of duty.
A six-member jury on Monday ordered a reprimand, a forfeiture of six-thousand dollars of his salary and has been restricted him to his home, office and church for 60 days.