Abu Ghraib Dog Handler Gets Six Months
Posted on Mar 23, 2006
The 25-year-old soldier terrified Iraqi detainees with his canine—allegedly for amusement. He will be discharged for bad conduct and get a reduction in pay.
Still no convictions for the military higher-ups who let these practices happen under their watch.
FORT MEADE, Maryland—A soldier found guilty of using a military dog to terrorize inmates at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison was sentenced Wednesday to 179 days confinement and will be discharged for bad conduct.
Army Sgt. Michael J. Smith also will be demoted to private, and his monthly pay will be reduced by $750 for three months, making his paycheck about $1,523 a month.
Smith, 25, was convicted Tuesday of five counts in what began as a 13-count court-martial. He was charged with using his canine, Marco, to terrify prisoners—allegedly for amusement and in competition with other soldiers.
Sgt. Michael Smith allegedly competed with other Army dog handlers to see which could make detainees soil themselves first.