Bradley Manning sentence: Judge deliberating; U.S. wants 60 years

Story highlights

  • Judge tentatively plans to announce sentence Wednesday morning
  • Prosecution calls Manning a "determined insider" in largest leak of classified information
  • Defense says Manning is an excellent case for rehabilitation
  • He faces up to 90 years behind bars

A military judge plans to announce Wednesday morning what sentence she'll give Pfc. Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army intelligence analyst who stands convicted of what prosecutors believe was the biggest leak of classified materials in Army history.

The judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, reconvened the sentencing phase of Manning's court martial Tuesday morning, and noted the soldier has 1,293 days -- or 3 1/2 years -- of detention credit to consider. Manning's defense attorney previously argued that his client deserves additional consideration for the harsh conditions he suffered during part of that detention.

Lind's deliberations officially began after court recessed Tuesday morning. Later Tuesday, she told both sides that she intends to announce a sentence at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday.

Manning's lawyer: He should not 'rot in jail'

Prosecutors have said Manning acted as a "determined insider" in leaking classified information about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and should be locked up for at least 60 years.

Bradley Manning apologizes in court
Bradley Manning apologizes in court


    Bradley Manning apologizes in court


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Bradley Manning verdict: Messages differ
Bradley Manning verdict: Messages differ


    Bradley Manning verdict: Messages differ


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Manning still faces harsh sentence
Manning still faces harsh sentence


    Manning still faces harsh sentence


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Manning's lawyer contends he can be rehabilitated and should not "rot in jail."

Manning faces up to 90 years behind bars. Lawyers for both sides wrapped up their sentencing arguments Monday.

"There may not be a soldier in the history of the Army who displayed such an extreme disregard" for his mission, Capt. Joe Morrow, the prosecutor, said Monday.

Manning's arrogance, Morrow said, meant that he "felt he alone was knowledgeable and intelligent enough to determine what information was to be classified."

Judge explains verdict

Morrow asked that Manning, 25, serve a minimum sentence of six decades behind bars, saying his actions created grave risk, disrupted diplomatic missions and endangered lives.

Defense attorney David Coombs did not ask for a specific sentence, but said that his client was an excellent candidate for rehabilitation and that he should not be left to "rot in jail."

"Perhaps his biggest crime was that he cared about the loss of life that he was seeing and couldn't ignore it," he said of Manning's decision to turn over the explosive information to WikiLeaks.

"This is a young man capable of being redeemed," Coombs said in final remarks. "The defense requests, after the court considers all the facts, a sentence that allows him to have a life."

Lind convicted Manning of numerous counts at his trial in July, including espionage-related charges. He avoided a potential life sentence when Lind rejected charges that his actions aided the enemy.

In addition to prison, prosecutors also want Manning to forfeit pay and benefits and pay a $100,000 fine.

Officials indicated a single sentence would cover all of the guilty counts.

Manning apologizes, tells court he must pay price


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