Staff Sgt. Robert Bales today is expected to confess to murdering 16 Afghan civilians during his deployment to Kandahar Province last year with a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade in the hopes of securing a plea agreement that would spare him the death penalty.
Bales, 39, must give his best recollection of his two forays outside of a combat outpost in Kandahars rural Panjwai District to persuade an Army judge that he understands the charges against him and the ramifications of his guilty plea.
Later, Lewis-McChord senior officer Lt. Gen. Robert Brown will have the final say on whether the Army accepts Bales plea. Brown in December announced that Bales would face the death penalty at his court-martial.