LYNNDIE ENGLAND Biography - Military related figures


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Name: Lynndie Rana                                                                 
Born: 8 November 1982 Ashland, Kentucky                                           
Lynndie Rana England (born November 8, 1982) is a convicted felon and former       
United States Army reservist who served in the 372nd Military Police Company.     
She was one of several soldiers convicted by the Army courts-martial in           
connection with the torture and prisoner abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in         
Baghdad during the occupation of Iraq.                                             
England held the rank of Specialist while serving in Iraq. Along with other       
soldiers, she was found guilty of inflicting sexual, physical and psychological   
abuse on Iraqi prisoners of war.                                                   
England faced a general court-martial in January 2005 on charges of conspiracy     
to maltreat prisoners and assault consummated by battery. The formal charges did   
not mention the word "torture," although some commentators have so described her   
conduct. On April 30, 2005, England agreed to plead guilty to abuse charges. Her   
plea bargain would have reduced her maximum sentence from 16 years to 11 years     
had it been accepted by the military judge. She would have pleaded guilty to       
four counts of maltreating prisoners, two counts of conspiracy, and one count of   
dereliction of duty. In exchange, prosecutors would have dropped two other         
charges, committing indecent acts and failure to obey a lawful order.             
On May 4, 2005, military judge Col. James Pohl tossed out her plea bargain, as     
new testimony by now Pvt. Charles Graner suggested that Pfc. England did not       
know her actions were wrong at the time. This contradicted Pfc. England's         
statements of May 2, 2005, when she entered her guilty plea. On September 26,     
2005, England was convicted of one count of conspiracy, four counts of             
maltreating detainees and one count of committing an indecent act. She was         
acquitted on a second conspiracy count. She was sentenced to three years in a     
military prison for her crimes.                                                   
England worked in the kitchen of a prison (Naval Consolidated Brig, Miramar)       
from which she was paroled on 3 March, 2007, after having served 521 days.         
She will remain on parole through September 2008, when her three-year sentence     
will be complete and she will receive a dishonorable discharge.