A key defendant in an Army war-crimes investigation into the grisly killings of 3 unarmed Afghan civilians has signed a plea deal with military prosecutors and agreed to testify against other accused soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, according to Army officials and a source close to the case.
Spc. Jeremy N. Morlock, a member of the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, agreed to a deal this week that calls for him to serve a maximum of 24 years in prison and testify against as many as 10 other defendants, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
An Army spokesman, Maj. Christopher D. Ophardt, confirmed Wednesday that prosecutors had reached a plea deal with Morlock.
He said the deal would be reviewed by a military judge at Morlock’s court-martial, tentatively scheduled for late next month at Lewis-McChord.