Ex-U.S. soldier guilty of 2006 Iraq family massacre found dead in prison
Green was found guilty of committing the massacre of the girl and her family whilst serving in the U.S. army during the invasion of Iraq. (AFP/File)
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A former American soldier jailed for raping an Iraqi teenager and executing the girl and her family in 2006 died in an apparent suicide in prison, a spokesman said according to Agence France-Presse.
Steven Dale Green was found “unresponsive” in his cell by guards last Thursday, John Stahley, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, said in a statement released Tuesday.
Staff immediately called for assistance and began life-saving measures, with Green being transported to a local medical center. However, he died on Saturday in Tucson, Arizona, Stahley said.
“The incident is being investigated as an apparent suicide” and foul play is not suspected, he added.
Green was found guilty on 17 charges including rape, premeditated murder and obstruction of justice. Three other soldiers who also took part in the March 2006 atrocity were jailed for life.
The 28-year-old soldier was accused of being the leader of the gang rape of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl in Mahmudiyah, a small agricultural community south of Baghdad, and of killing her, her father, mother and six-year-old sister.
After his conviction, relatives and residents of the town of about 50,000 called for him to face the death penalty.
Green had been held at the Tucson facility since February 2010, Stahley said.
Defense lawyers argued that the stress of the combat environment after the 2003-U.S. led invasion of Iraq had prompted Green to commit his crimes.
He had been discharged from the U.S. army for what was described as a personality disorder before the killing was discovered.