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Army lieutenant serving 20 years for killing men in Afghanistan asks commander for clemency


FORT BRAGG, North Carolina — A lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne Division serving a 20-year prison sentence for the killings of two people in Afghanistan is asking for clemency from his commander.

The Fayetteville Observer reports ( ) a lawyer for 1st Lt. Clint Lorance says the officer was just trying to zealously protect his soldiers and didn't break the military rules of engagement when he orders his men to fire on three men on motorcycles approaching his patrol in July 2012.

Enemy soldiers had used motorcycles for attacks before, but prosecutors said lots of people in the area used motorcycles and no weapons were found on the victims.

Lorance's attorney is asking Brig. Gen. Richard Clarke to dismiss the guilty verdicts from a summer 2013 trial and let Lorance free or reduce his prison term.

Information from: The Fayetteville Observer,

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