Fort Carson Soldier Sentenced

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Fort Carson-based platoon leader will spend 45 days in military prison for his role in forcing three Iraqi civilians into the Tigris River.

A Fort Hood, Texas, judge also sentenced First Lieutenant Jack Saville to forfeit $2,000 of his military salary per month -- for six months.

The 25-year-old West Point graduate wasn't discharged from the Army.

Saville, during the penalty phase, apologized for embarrassing his family and for harming the Iraqis. He's from Tappahannock, Virginia.

Saville pleaded guilty on Monday to assault and other crimes in a 2004 Samarra incident, and he was convicted Tuesday of a lesser assault charge in a 2003 case near Balad.

Those charges carried a maximum nine and a-half years in prison.

A plea deal capped Saville's sentence at 15 months in prison, but the judge ruled on Tuesday the overall sentence will be 45 days behind bars.

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