Ex-soldier convicted for killing Iraqi family commits suicide

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Tucson, AZ, United States (4E) – A former soldier convicted in 2009 for killing an Iraqi family died on Saturday, two days after hanging himself inside his prison cell in Arizona.

Steven Green died from suicide by hanging, according to deputy chief medical examiner with Pima County, Dr. Eric Peters. The Federal Bureau of Prisons said he was unresponsive since committing suicide on Thursday.

Green was found guilty in the U.S. District Court in Kentucky of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl, shooting her dead and burning her body to hide the crime in March 2006, when he was a private in the elite 101st Airborne Division deployed to Mahmudiya, Iraq. Before the killing, Green shot dead her parents and her 6-year-old sister in the town of Yusufiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad.

Green was with three other soldiers – Jesse Spielman, Paul Cortez and James Barker – when he killed the al-Janabi family.

The crime was discovered only after Green was discharged from the Army for personality disorder. He was arrested in June 2006 and, in 2009, sentenced to multiple life sentences without possibility of parole. He apologized to the relatives of his victims.

Spielman, Cortez and Barker were tried in a military court for covering up the crime and are serving lengthy sentences in a military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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