Nightly News   |  August 23, 2013

Afghan villagers travel to US for Bales sentencing

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole for massacring 16 Afghan civilians in 2012. NBC’s Lester Holt reports.

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>>> a u.s. soldier who massacred 16 afghan civilians last year was sentenced to life in prison without parole . staff sergeant robert bales pleaded gmt to avoid the death penalty. even though he got the harshest sentence possible, it was dissatisfying to the afghan villagers who were wounded or lost loved ones. some traveled 7,000 miles to washington state to make sure justice was served and tonight they say it was not.