Whistle-blower in Afghan probe pleads guilty

August 5, 2011 - 6:00 PM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — A soldier who tried to blow the whistle on a plot to murder Afghan civilians has pleaded guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter at his court-martial.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/oJMBm5) that Spc. Adam Winfield of Cape Coral, Fla., faces up to 17 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge at sentencing later Friday.

A person familiar with the case who did not want to be named because Winfield had not yet entered a plea told The Associated Press on Monday that he had reached a deal under which he'll serve no more than eight years in prison.

Winfield is one of five 5th Stryker Brigade soldiers initially charged with premeditated murder of three civilians last year in Afghanistan. Winfield said he was pressured into taking part.