Fort Bragg Army officer found guilty in Afghan shooting incident - WNCT

Fort Bragg Army officer found guilty in Afghan shooting incident

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. -

A jury at Fort Bragg found an Army lieutenant guilty of murder in connection with a series of shootings in Afghanistan.

Clint Lorance will spend 20 years in prison for ordering his men to shoot at 3 men on a motorcycle.

Prosecutors argued Lorance broke the military's rules of engagement which requires soldiers to hold fire unless they have evidence of hostile intent.

Lorance's defense said he was just trying to keep his men safe and alive in a warzone.

Several groups online are standing behind the lieutenant saying the federal government kills innocent Afghans everyday with drone strikes but they don't face prison time.

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A Fort Bragg Army officer could spend the rest of his life in a military prison.

First Lieutenant Clint Lorance was scheduled to face a court martial Tuesday on charges that he ordered soldiers under his command to shoot and kill two Afghan citizens during a deployment in 2012.

Lorance faces two counts of murder, a charge of attempted murder and several other charges including wrongfully impeding an investigation.

Lorance's brother said he was simply doing what the Army asked of him, "I think the court is going to see that this is all just wrong and that he was just doing his job."

His mother, Anna Lorance, said her son was about to be ambushed and a decision not to give orders could have been fatal to her son.

His trial started Tuesday morning at the new Fort Bragg courthouse.

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