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Jan 16, 2013 7:38 PM by Matt Stafford

Marine pleads guilty to urinating on corpses

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) - A Marine who admitted urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan will likely be demoted one rank.

Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola pleaded guilty Wednesday to the desecration of remains and posing for unofficial photographs with human casualties, among other charges.

While a judge at his court-martial set a much harsher sentence, she is bound by the terms of a plea agreement the sergeant reached with military prosecutors. The judge would have sentenced him to six months confinement, a $5,000 fine, demotion to private and a bad-conduct discharge.

The video taken in July 2011 surfaced last year amid a string of embarrassing incidents for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

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