New Charges Against St. Louis Marine

1 decade 8 months 1 week ago Friday, February 09 2007 Feb 9, 2007 Friday, February 09, 2007 10:24:01 AM CST February 09, 2007 in News
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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) - Military prosecutors must file new charges against a Marine from the St. Louis area who withdrew his guilty plea in the murder of an unarmed Iraqi civilian. Corporal Trent Thomas of Madison, Illinois, had earlier pleaded guilty to several charges, including kidnapping and murder. The 25-year-old Thomas told a judge yesterday he no longer believes he is guilty. The charges stem from the slaying of 52-year-old Hashim Ibrahim Awad, who was dragged from his home and shot in Hamdania last year. Thomas said on the second day of his sentencing hearing that he wanted to withdraw the plea made through a pretrial agreement. A judge granted his request. Prosecutors said they plan to file new charges. The judge warned Thomas that he could face the death penalty because he is no longer bound by the pretrial agreement. But the death penalty is a long shot because the officer overseeing the case has said he does not want Thomas or any of the others accused in the case to face execution.

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