PADUCAH, Ky. – A former U.S. soldier received five consecutive life sentences Friday for his role in the rape and murder of an Iraqi teenager and the slaying of three of her family members.
“What the defendant did was horrifying and inexcusable,” U.S. District Judge Thomas Russell said in sentencing Steven Dale Green, 24. “The court believes any lesser sentence would be insufficient.”
A civilian jury convicted Green in May of raping Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, conspiracy and multiple counts of murder.
“You can act like I’m a sociopath. You can act like I’m a sex offender or whatever,” Green said. “If I had not joined the Army, if I had not gone to Iraq, I would not have got caught up in anything.”
At a hearing in May, Green repeatedly apologized to the al-Janabi family, saying he knew little about Iraqis and realizes now his actions then were wrong. Green described the attacks as “evil” and said when he dies “there will be justice and whatever I deserve, I’ll get.”