(June 30, 1973- )
Born in Norwood, Ohio
US Army Staff Sargeant
Served three tours of duty in Iraq (2003-04,2006-07,2009-10) and one in Afghanistan (2012)
Killed 16 and wounded 6 Afghan civilians in Kandahar (March 11, 2012)
Pleaded guilty in exchange for prosecutors not seeking the death penalty
Sentenced to life without parole (August 23, 2013)
Why he might be annoying
While working as a stockbroker before joining the army, an arbitration panel found that he and his employer had committed financial fraud in handling a retirement account.
While stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, he was charged with criminal assault after fighting with a casino security guard; charges were dismissed after he attended anger management classes (2002).
He was arrested for fleeing the scene of an accident after running off the road and hitting a tree. Witnesses said he was disoriented and smelled of alcohol (2008).
He took illegal steroids and noted, 'It definitely increased my irritability and anger.'
His victims included nine children, some as young as two years old.
He burned several victims' bodies, an act considered desecretion in Islam.
Asked about his motive, he said 'There's not a good reason in this world for why I did the horrible things I did.'
Why he might not be annoying
His former platoon leader called him 'one of the best soldiers I ever worked with.'
He was wounded twice in Iraq.
He was treated for a 'traumatic brain injury' after an accident in which his Humvee rolled over (2010).
His attorney suggested that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder that Army doctors failed to diagnose so he could be re-deployed.
Credit: C. Fishel
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Year In Review:
For 2017, as of last week, Out of 3 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 16 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 37 Votes: 54.05% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 88 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 137 Votes: 50.36% Annoying
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