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Manning’s possible sentence cut to 90 years
Washington, August 08, 2013
First Published: 02:50 IST(8/8/2013)
Last Updated: 02:52 IST(8/8/2013)

The military judge who last week convicted soldier Bradley Manning of committing the biggest breach of classified data in U.S. history through WikiLeaks on Tuesday trimmed the maximum prison sentence the private first class could face.

But the 25-year-old former intelligence analyst could still

be spending the rest of his life behind bars after Judge Colonel Denise Lind ruled that he could face a maximum sentence of 90, rather than 136, years for turning over more than 700,000 battlefield videos and other secret documents to WikiLeaks.

Lind, who convicted Manning of 19 criminal counts, ruled that some counts resulted from the same sequence of actions by Manning and should be merged to avoid “an unreasonable multiplication of charges.”

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