Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, center, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher, left, and advisor, Bernard Kerik as they leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Jury to decide SEAL's punishment for posing with corpse

July 03, 2019 - 1:01 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The same military jurors who acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive in Iraq in 2017 will decide whether he should serve any jail time for the single charge he was convicted of: posing with the 17-year-old militant's corpse.

The jury of five Marines and two sailors returns to Naval Base San Diego on Wednesday to deliberate the punishment for the single conviction of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher.

The maximum sentence for the offense would be four months in the brig, but defense attorneys expect him to be freed. Gallagher already served seven months in pre-trial confinement.

The jury Tuesday also cleared Gallagher of attempted murder in the shootings of two civilians.

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Melley contributed from Los Angeles.

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