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September 11, 2004
Release Number: 04-09-28


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



CRUZ PLEADS GUILTY, RECEIVES BAD CONDUCT DISCHARGE

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Charges against Specialist Armin J. Cruz were referred to a Special Court-Martial empowered to adjudge a Bad Conduct Discharge. The two charges against Specialist Cruz are maltreatment of detainees and conspiracy to maltreat detainees

On Sept. 11, Specialist Armin J. Cruz plead guilty to and was found guilty of Article 81 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, conspiracy to maltreat detainees in Abu Ghraib and Article 93, maltreatment of detainees.

He has been sentenced to reduction to Private (E-1), confinement for eight months, and a Bad Conduct Discharge.

His confinement location has not yet been determined.

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