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posted: 2/18/2014 6:01 PM

Ex-soldier convicted of killing Iraqi family dies

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Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A former soldier convicted of raping and killing a teenage Iraqi girl and using a shotgun to kill her family has died in prison in Arizona, likely of suicide.

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman John Stahley says the death of 28-year-old Steven Dale Green of Midland, Texas, on Saturday morning is being investigated as a suicide.

Green was a private in the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line when he deployed to Iraq.

Green and three other soldiers went to the home in Mahmoudiya (mom-ah-DEE'-ah), Iraq, in March 2006. Green killed three members of the al-Janabi family before becoming the third soldier to rape 14-year-old Abeer Qassim al-Janabi (ah-BEER' kah-SEEM' al-jah-NAH'-bee). Green then shot her.

He was convicted in 2009. The other soldiers are serving sentences in military prison.

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