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Originally published December 3, 2010 at 9:53 PM | Page modified December 3, 2010 at 9:53 PM

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker soldier faces court-martial

The Army has ordered Spc. Adam Winfield, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier, to face a general court-martial in the alleged murder of an Afghan and other crimes.

The Army has ordered Spc. Adam Winfield, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier, to face a general court-martial in the alleged murder of an Afghan and other crimes.

If convicted on all counts, Winfield could face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment without parole.

Winfield is one of five soldiers from the 5th (Stryker) Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division who face murder charges stemming from their service earlier this year in Afghanistan. Unlike the four others, Winfield opted to waive his right to a preliminary Article 32 hearing that would have helped the Army determine whether there was enough evidence to warrant a court-martial.

The charges against Winfield include murder, conspiracy, assault with a dangerous weapons and wrongful use of a controlled substance (hashish).

Attorney Eric Montalvo says his client faces “some exposure” but did not commit murder. He has tried to negotiate with Army prosecutors for a plea deal that would cut Winfield’s sentence in exchange for testimony against other soldiers.

E-mails last winter from Winfield to his parents indicate the soldier attempted to blow an early whistle about the unit’s alleged war crimes.

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