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
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.