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Gibbs is gone, but another “kill team” trial is set to begin Wednesday

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Nov. 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
November 15, 2011 3:21 pm

Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs was the biggest target in the Army’s “kill team” investigation, but his conviction last week does not represent the end of the road for the soldiers who were connected to his crimes.

Staff Sgt. David Bram is due in court tomorrow, where he’ll face charges accusing him of assaulting an Army whistleblower, soliciting a junior soldier to join him an unfulfilled scheme to murder Afghan noncombatants, abusing detainees and violating a general order by possessing photographs of casualties.

Bram, 27, of Vacaville, Calif. could be sentenced to a maximum punishment of 17 years in prison.

Bram was one of a dozen soldiers from the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division who ended their deployments early in June 2010 and came home accused of wrongdoing at Forward Operating Base Ramrod in southern Afghanistan. Five were accused of murdering civilians. Bram initially was in a group of seven defendants who were accused of lesser crimes.

Since then, the Army has pressed more serious charges against Bram suggesting he played a greater role in planning to murder Afghan civilians. Bram never acted on those schemes, according to testimony at past hearings.

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