Prisoner Abuse

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

His lawyer says an Army sergeant accused in the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal has cut a deal with military prosecutors.

Sergeant Javal Davis will plead guilty to reduced charges next week. He'd been charged with conspiracy to maltreat detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison, as well as dereliction of duty and maltreatment of detainees.

Davis' civilian attorney says those charges will be dismissed. Instead, Davis will plead guilty to simple assault and rendering false official statements.

He says Davis won't have to testify against anyone else.

The proposed deal comes less than two weeks after another reservist charged in the case, Specialist Charles Graner, was convicted.

Davis had been facing the prospect of up to eight and a-half years in jail. His lawyer is hoping Davis can avoid jail time altogether.

The deal still must be approved by the U.S. commanding officer in Baghdad. But military prosecutors are said to have already signed off on it.

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