RADCLIFF, Kentucky (AP) -- An Army soldier who fled to Canada rather than redeploy to Iraq surrendered Tuesday to military officials after asking for leniency.
Spc. Darrell Anderson, 24, said he deserted the Army last year because he could no longer fight in what he believes is an illegal war.
"I feel that by resisting I made up for the things I did in Iraq," Anderson said during a press briefing shortly before he turned himself in at nearby Fort Knox. "I feel I made up for the sins I committed in this war."
Anderson, of Lexington, returned to the United States from Canada on Saturday. He could face a charge of desertion.
His lawyer, Jim Fennerty, has said he was told the Army had decided not to court-martial his client and plans to release him within three to five days.
Fort Knox public affairs officer Connie Schaffery has said officers had been in touch with Anderson, but she couldn't say what would happen until after he surrendered.
Anderson joined the Army in January 2003 and went to Iraq a year later with the 1st Armored Division. He was wounded and received a Purple Heart in 2004.
He fled to Canada in early 2005 after receiving orders to return for a second tour of duty in Iraq, becoming a highly visible war critic and spokesman for Canadian peace groups.
Whatever happened to the good old days when deserters were just shot? I would really welcome a death sentence at the end of the court martial for this wanker. Happily, that outcome would be completely legal and thus not assault his sense of jurisprudence.