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17 July 2017, 04:03 | Erica Roy
Jordan soldier gets life for killing US troops
A Jordanian soldier has been sentenced to life in prison with hard labour for killing three U.S. military trainers previous year.
The court in the Jordanian capital found that 39-year-old Maarik Al-Tawaiha was guilty of shooting dead the military trainers as they waited at a checkpoint in vehicles at the King Faisal base in southern Jordan.
The parents of one of the slain United States troops and the father and sister of another were present during Monday's session. Jordan initially said the Americans triggered the shooting by disobeying entry rules, a claim that was later withdrawn.
Jordan said after the incident a year ago that the U.S. troops had disobeyed the orders of the Jordanian military at the gate of the base and triggered the shooting.
The US soldiers' family members were in court to hear the verdict on Monday.
"We are reassured to see the perpetrator brought to justice", it said.
But the U.S. embassy said the trial had confirmed Staff Sgt Matthew Lewellen, Staff Sgt Kevin McEnroe and Staff Sgt James Moriarty "had been following procedure" when they were killed, according to the Associated Press news agency.
Relatives of the slain troops attended parts of the month-long trial in Jordan's capital of Amman.
In Jordan, life in prison can mean 20 years, with time off for good behavior.
This is not the first time a U.S. trainer has been killed in Jordan.
Defense attorney Subhi al-Mawas said he would appeal the sentence.
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