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Highest ranking U.S. soldier charged in Iraqi prisoner-abuse scandal is sentenced to eight years in prison

BAGHDAD, Iraq—Staff Sgt. Ivan "Chip" Frederick, the highest-ranking U.S. soldier charged in the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal, was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday, a day after he pleaded guilty to abusing Iraqi detainees.

Frederick, a 38-year-old Army reservist from Virginia, received the longest sentence yet to come from the scandal, which seriously damaged Iraqis' faith in the U.S. rebuilding effort.

At a hearing Wednesday, Frederick told the court that "military intelligence" encouraged the abusive treatment, but he took responsibility for his role in the scandal.

Frederick also was sentenced to a dishonorable discharge, a reduction in rank to private and forfeiture of pay. He's one of six members of the 372nd Military Police Company who have been charged with abusing prisoners.

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(c) 2004, Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.

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