PSYCHOTIC SERGEANT PLEADS GUILTY
TO SLAYING FIVE AMERICANS IN IRAQ MENTAL
HEALTH CLINIC - JOHN RUSSELL THUS AVOIDS
POSSIBLE DEATH SENTENCE FOR 2009 BLOOD-
BATH - NCO ON HIS THIRD COMBAT TOUR HAD
BEGGED MILITARY POLICE TO LOCK HIM UP
PRIOR TO FATAL SHOOTING SPREE - FEARED
HE WOULD HARM HIMSELF AND/OR OTHERS
NAVY DOCTOR AMONG THOSE KILLED
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Some soldiers have been known to "play-act" being crazy to avoid punishment for crimes committed. This one didn't have to, as he really was nuts.
Lawyers for a loony-tunes sergeant who shot to death five fellow Americans at Camp Stryker, Iraq four years ago, told a military court their client admitted he killed the victims at a mental health clinic where he had sought help.
SGT John Russell thus avoids a possible death penalty if convicted of the slayings. The maximum sentence the Sherman, Tex. native now faces is life in prison. More likely, that would be a psycho ward.
The plea bargain deal was announced at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State.
NCO BEGGED FOR HELP
Court papers showed the three-tour combat veteran had flipped out some three days before the May 11, 2009 bloodbath.
Eyewitnesses told investigators Russell had been crying and talking to himself prior to the incident. At one point, the diagnosed paranoid non-com begged MP's to haul him in and lock him up so he couldn't harm himself or others.
But his desperate pleas were ignored. That was a very big mistake.
Russell then grabbed up a rifle from company headquarters, stormed back to the combat stress center, and opened fire.
FLIPS OUT, AND FIVE AMERICANS DIE
Killed in a hail of lead was Navy doctor, CMDR Charles Springle; Dr. Matthew Houseal; and three Army enlisted men: PFC Michael Yates; SGT Christian Bueno-Galdos, and SPC Jacob D. Barton.
Just the day before the slaughter, Russell had been diagnosed with severe depression and psychosis.
Pentagon figures show more soldiers are committing suicide these days than are killed in combat.
Maybe the paper-pushers in the Puzzle Palace should go back and figure out how many GI's are walking around "ticking time-bombs," susceptible to a mental breakdown like Russell suffered in Iraq.