An Army sergeant accused of slaying his superior and another U.S. soldier in Iraq will face a court-martial and could be sentenced to death if convicted, the military said Tuesday.
Army prosecutors say Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich, 39, of Minneapolis shot his squad leader, Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson, and Sgt. Wesley Durbin on Sept. 14 at a joint U.S.-Iraqi patrol base south of Baghdad. Witnesses have said Bozicevich opened fire on the soldiers when they tried to counsel him for poor performance.
Dawson’s stepmother, Maxine Mathis, said she was thankful the military was moving forward with the case. But she said she couldn’t support the death penalty for Bozicevich.
“If they could just send him to prison, that wouldn’t bother me one bit,” Mathis said by phone from Pensacola, Fla. “I just feel in my heart something snapped in that man. I don’t know what those young men go through over there.”
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