New Jersey soldier to accept plea deal in Iraq prisoner abuse case

A New Jersey soldier will plead guilty to reduced charges next week under a plea deal in the Iraq prisoner abuse scandal.

Roselle native Sergeant Javal Davis is charged with conspiracy to maltreat detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison, dereliction of duty and maltreatment of detainees. Under the plea deal, more serious charges of maltreatment and mistreatment of detainees will be dropped. Davis will in turn plead guilty to some of the lesser charges.

Not all charges have been included in the deal, however. Davis will still go to court to fight additional accusations. According to the sergeant's lawyer, there is a possibility the remaining charges will be beaten during a trial.

Davis had been facing up to eight and a half years in jail. Under the plea deal, Davis would face a maximum of 18 months in prison. The deal must be approved by the U.S. commanding officer in Baghdad. Davis' court-martial is scheduled to be heard at Fort Hood, Texas on Tuesday.

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