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Sentencing Phase Ends In Trial Of Bradley Manning

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Prosecutors are asking for a sentence of 60 years for Wikileaks source Army Pfc. Bradley Manning
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Prosecutors are asking for a sentence of 60 years for Wikileaks source Army Pfc. Bradley Manning

Closing arguments have ended in the sentencing phase of the court martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, and a judge says the earliest one can expect a sentencing is Wednesday morning.

Manning faces up to 90 years in prison, but prosecutor Capt. Joe Morrow only asked the judge to sentence him to 60 years. Morrow did not say during closing arguments of the court-martial's sentencing phase why prosecutors were not seeking the maximum punishment.

"He's been convicted of serious crimes,'' Morrow said. "He betrayed the U.S. and for that betrayal, he deserves to spend the majority of his remaining life in confinement.''

A military judge convicted Manning last month of 20 offenses, including six violations of the Espionage Act and five counts of stealing protected information.

Prosecutors also asked Judge Denise Lind to give Manning a $100,000 fine along with a dishonorable discharged.

Later, defense attorney David Coombs made his closing arguments. He asked the judge to balance rehabilitation and punishment before sentencing the soldier for giving classified information to WikiLeaks. Specifically, he asked that the court, "apply a sentence that allows Manning to have a life."

Manning's sentence will be reduced by three and half years for time served before his trial began.

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