Army Staff Sergeant could face death penalty for shooting rampage

Army Staff Sergeant could face death penalty for shooting rampage

POSTED: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 4:48pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 4:49pm

The U.S. Army Staff Sergeant accused of going on a shooting rampage in Afghanistan could get the death penalty.

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales was officially charged with 17 counts of Premeditated Murder.

Bales was also charged with six counts of Attempted Murder and six counts of assault.

The 38-year-old is accused of leaving a U.S. military base and opening fire on Afghan civilians in the Kandahar province on March 11, 2012.

Nine children and eight adults were killed, and six others were wounded.

He is currently being held in solitary confinement at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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