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Robert Bales - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bales From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Robert Bales (born June 30, 1973) is a United States Army soldier, known primarily as the alleged perpetrator in Robert Bales the killings of seventeen Afghan civilians in the Panjwai district of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan (commonly referred to in media reports as the Kandahar massacre) on March 11, 2012. On March 23, 2012, Bales was formally charged with seventeen counts of murder and six counts of assault and attempted murder. He is currently being held in detention at the Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Bales at the Fort Irwin National Training Center in August 2011 Background information Occupation U.S. Army Staff Sergeant 1 Early life and family 2 Military service Born June 30, 1973 3 Kandahar massacre Norwood, Ohio 4 Awards and decorations Spouse(s) Karilyn Bales 5 References Nationality United States Killings Date March 11, 2012 03:00 AFT Bales was born the youngest of five boys and grew up in Target(s) Afghan civilians Norwood, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. He attended Norwood High School, where he was described as Killed 17 alleged, including 9 children "gregarious" captain of the football team and active in Injured 6 alleged numerous clubs and activities, including theater. He was Weapon(s) Reported to have been armed with an supplanted in his linebacker position by future NFL player Marc Edwards, but instead of becoming a rival, he acted as M4 carbine with M203 grenade launcher and an M9 pistol. Some mentor. victims were found stabbed in addition After high school, he was briefly enrolled at the College of to being shot. Mount St. Joseph, then moved to Ohio State University for three years until 1996. He majored in economics but didnt graduate. After leaving college, Bales worked as a registered broker at a number of financial services firms in Columbus, Ohio. The firms were highly interrelated, sharing employees and corporate officers; they were reputedly boiler room operations that practiced pump and dump techniques in the penny stock market. He then moved to Florida, where he started a financial company named Spartina Investments with Edwards. In connection with his trading activities, an arbitrator found Bales liable for financial fraud related to the handling of a retirement account and ordered him to pay $1.4 million in civil damages. Gary Liebschner, the victim, said he1 of 4 4/3/2012 9:25 PM
Robert Bales - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bales retirement account and ordered him to pay $1.4 million in civil damages. Gary Liebschner, the victim, said he "never got paid a penny" of the award. According to Leibschners lawyer, they had not pursued legal action against Bales to collect the judgement because they were unable to locate Bales, who had joined the Army 18 months after the long running arbitration case was filed. In 2001, shortly after the fraud, Spartina Investments went out of business. Bales enlisted in the Army two months after the September 11 attacks. Once in the military, laws shielded Bales from some financial obligations. Bales is married to Karilyn Bales and has two young children. The family lived in Lake Tapps, Washington.  Bales was initially assigned to 2d Battalion, 3d Infantry of the 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2d Infantry Division from Fort Lewis. An infantryman, Bales received additional training as a sniper. He completed a total of three tours in the Iraq War, spanning 2003-2004 (12 months), 2006-2007 (15 months), and 2009-2010 (10 months). In the 2007 tour, he reportedly injured his foot and participated in the Battle of Najaf. During the 2010 tour, he was treated for traumatic brain injury after his vehicle rolled over in an accident. While stationed at Fort Lewis, public records show Bales had minor run-ins with law enforcement. In 2002, he got in a fight with a security guard at a Tacoma area casino; he was charged with misdemeanor "criminal assault", but charges were dismissed after he paid a small fine and attended anger management classes. A drunken confrontation outside of a bar in 2008 led to a police report, but no charges. Bales had no history of behavioral problems. He passed the mental health screening required to become a sniper in 2008. He had routine behavioral health screening after that, and was cleared, an official said. In 2010 he suffered a concussion in a car accident, but went through the advanced traumatic brain injury treatment at Fort Lewis and was deemed to be fine. Investigators examining his medical history described his 10-year Army career as "unremarkable" and found no evidence of serious traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress. According to officials, Bales may have had marital problems since returning from deployment in Iraq in 2010. His wife wrote on her blog about her disappointment after he was passed over for a promotion to Sergeant First Class (E-7), "after all of the work Bob has done and all the sacrifices he has made for his love of his country, family and friends." Ms. Bales expressed her hopes that the Army might allow the family to choose its next location, and listed her top choices as Germany, Italy, Hawaii, Kentucky, or Georgia, preferring the first two as presenting the most opportunities for "adventures". Her husband, however, was sent to his first Afghanistan tour in December 2011. Bales was assigned to Camp Belambay in Kandahar Province on 1 February, six weeks before the shooting. There, special forces, either U.S. Army Special Forces or U.S. Navy SEALs, were engaged in village stability operations. Bales was responsible for supporting this mission by providing base security. Ms. Bales was struggling with the family finances, and three days before the shootings she put their home up for sale, as they had fallen behind with mortgage payments. The property was listed for $229,000, about a $50,000 loss on what the family paid for it in 2005 and less than they owed the bank. The investigation of the shootings is looking into the possibility that an e-mail about marriage problems might have provoked Bales 2 of 4 4/3/2012 9:25 PM
Robert Bales - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bales Bales.[ ] Main article: Kandahar massacre On the night of March 11, 2012, 17 Afghan civilians were shot and killed in the village of Balandi and Alkozai, near Camp Belamby. The bodies of some of the victims were burned; five others were injured. The Army alleges that Bales was the only person responsible for the shootings. A senior American official said that the sergeant had been drinking alcohol with two other soldiers on the night of the shootings, which was a violation of military rules in combat zones. This account was later confirmed by the Pentagon. According to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, immediately after being captured, Bales acknowledged the killings and "told individuals what happened". Then, within minutes, he asked for an attorney and refused to speak with investigators about what motivated his actions. Bales civilian attorney, John Henry Browne, later stated: "I dont know that the government is going to prove much. Theres no forensic evidence. Theres no confessions". There were no reports that he knew any of the victims. A high-ranking U.S. official told The New York Times: "When it all comes out, it will be a combination of stress, alcohol and domestic issues — he just snapped." Bales wife and children were moved from their home at Fort Lewis for their protection in anticipation of the release of the sergeants name. Noted Seattle attorney John Henry Browne, who represented serial killer Ted Bundy among others, will defend Bales alongside military lawyers. Browne, who was retained by the sergeants family, described Bales as a "mild-mannered" man and told reporters: "I think the message for the public in general is that hes one of our boys and they need to treat him fairly." Browne has stressed that his client had been upset by seeing a friends leg blown off the day before the killings, but held no animosity toward Muslims. This incident has not been confirmed by the US Army. Browne denied that the deadly rampage was caused by alcohol intoxication or marriage problems and said that Bales was "reluctant to serve." According to Browne, Bales did not want to return to the front lines: "he wasnt thrilled about going on another deployment ... he was told he wasnt going back, and then he was told he was going." Browne criticized anonymous reports from government officials, stating "the government is going to want to blame this on an individual rather than blame it on the war." He said that the sergeants wife has "a very good job," noting that he was being paid, not working on this case pro bono. According to Gary Solis, an expert on war crimes and the military justice system, an insanity defense is likely: "Its hard to say whether the case will even go to trial because in war crimes like this its very possible that there will be ... an insanity defense, that he is unable to recognize the wrongfulness of his act because of a severe mental disease or injury". Under the U.S. military legal code, the death penalty is possible but requires personal presidential sign-off. Six military members are currently on death row, but none have been executed since Private First Class John A. Bennett was hanged in 1961.3 of 4 4/3/2012 9:25 PM
Robert Bales - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bales On 16 March, Bales was flown from Kuwait to the Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, which is described by the Army officials as a state-of-the-art, medium/minimum custody facility. Bales is being held in special housing in his own cell Midwest Joint Regional Correctional and is able to go outside the cell "for hygiene and recreational purposes", Facility according to Army Col. James Hutton, chief of media relations. He will be allowed religious support if he asks for it. As of March 16, 2012, the US military has not formally charged Bales. The sudden transfer from Kuwait was reportedly caused by a diplomatic uproar with Kuwaiti government, which learned of the sergeants move to an American base on Kuwaiti territory only from news reports and not from the U.S. government: "When they learned about it, the Kuwaitis blew a gasket and wanted him out of there," an unnamed official said. On March 23, 2012, the U.S. government charged Bales with 17 counts of murder, six counts of attempted murder, and six counts of assault. On March 24, 2012, U.S. investigators said they believe Bales split the killings in the villages of Balandi and Alkozai into two attacks, returning to Camp Belamby after the first attack before slipping out again an hour later. U.S. officials said Bales left the base the first time armed with an M-4 carbine outfitted with a grenade launcher and a 9 mm pistol. Bales has received the following awards: Army Commendation Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster Army Achievement Medal Army Good Conduct Medal with three Good Conduct Loops National Defense Service Medal Iraq Campaign Medal with two service stars Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Army Service Ribbon Army Overseas Service Ribbon Meritorious Unit Commendation with one bronze oak leaf cluster Army Superior Unit Award Combat Infantryman Badge4 of 4 4/3/2012 9:25 PM