FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) - A Fort Stewart soldier has been
sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of
Spc. Cliff Cornell, who fled to Canada in 2005 to avoid deploying to Iraq, was sentenced Tuesday. Besides prison, he was reduced in rank to private and given a bad conduct discharge.
The 28-year-old from Mountain Home, Ark., returned to Fort Stewart in February after the Canadian government denied him asylum as a war objector.
He had faced up to five years in prison on the desertion charge.
Russ Bynum has covered the military based in Georgia since 2001.
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