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By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press Writer
FORT STEWART, Ga. - A military jury convicted a U.S. soldier Friday of desertion for leaving his combat unit in Iraq (news - web sites) in protest of the war.
Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia of the Florida National Guard was found guilty by a jury of four officers and four enlisted soldiers.
He faces up to a year in jail and a bad conduct discharge and was to be sentenced Friday afternoon.
Mejia said he disobeyed orders to return to his unit because his war experiences prompted him to seek status as a conscientious objector.
I thought the proscribed penalty for dessertion during war time was execution? What's with this pansyass one year in jail crap? Shouldn't they have dragged his sorry ass out and shot him? The damn millitary's gone soft and no doubt that contributes to why we don't command the same respect we used to. In war movies when you see some yellow bastard running away in the middle of a war, there was always some hardnosed commander more than willing and capable of putting 4 rounds in his back. That's the way it should be.