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  •  Calley was actually sentenced to (2+ / 0-)
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    30 years of prison, hard labor. His sentence was commuted to 3 1/2 years of house arrest. It was very unpopular with the American people, who felt that he was being made a scapegoat by the US military.

    •  Actually, he was first sentenced to life (1+ / 0-)
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      at hard labor in Leavenworth, according to the Wikipedia article linked in the diary:

      After deliberating for 79 hours, the six-officer jury (five of whom had served in Vietnam) convicted him on March 29, 1971, of the premeditated murder of 22 Vietnamese civilians. On March 31, 1971, Calley was sentenced to life imprisonment and hard labor at Fort Leavenworth
      It goes on to explain why the sentence was subsequently reduced several times, eventually to time served. (Which as you noted was 3.5 years, not months.)

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