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A military judge has recommended that a soldier accused of killing four servicemembers at Camp Liberty in 2009 should not face the death penalty because he is mentally ill, the Associated Press reported.

Army Sgt. John Russell has been charged with premeditated murder and related offenses in connection with the May 2009 incident, in which he allegedly allegedly stole a weapon and stormed into a combat stress clinic at Camp Liberty, killing four servicemembers and wounding another two.

At the time, Russell was serving with the 54th Engineer Battalion based out of Bamberg, Germany. He was on his third deployment and was reportedly suicidal. The day of the shooting marked the fourth time he had gone to the combat stress clinic.

An Army general must decide whether or not to accept the judge's recommendation, the Associated Press reported in the story 'No death penalty in '09 Iraq deaths.'


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