WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD (AP) - A military jury has convicted Army Spc. Christopher Shore of aggravated assault in the killing of an Iraqi man last year.
A nine-member jury found Shore not guilty of third-degree murder in the June 23 killing but guilty of the lesser charge. Aggravated assault carries a maximum eight years in prison, a dishonorable discharge and a drop to the Army's lowest pay grade.
Col. Donna Wright presided over the court martial at Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii, where Shore is based. She set sentencing for later Wednesday.
The soldier had blamed the killing on his platoon leader, Sgt. 1st Class Trey Corrales, who is to go on trial on a premeditated murder charge on April 22.
Shore says he shot at but intentionally missed the victim when ordered by Corrales to finish him off.
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