Ga. soldier given year in prison for desertion

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) - A Fort Stewart soldier has been
sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of
desertion.

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.
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Russ Bynum has covered the military based in Georgia since 2001.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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