U.S. Soldier Convicted of Killing Iraqi Family Dies in Prison


Steven Green

nbcnews.com

A former soldier likely committed suicide in prison where he was serving several life terms for gunning down four members of an Iraqi family while he was deployed to their country.

The case was the first prosecuted under a new law governing military cases in civilian courts.

Steven Dale Green, 28, of Midland, Texas, was found unresponsive Saturday morning in his cell at the federal penitentiary in Tucson, Ariz., said federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman John Stahley.

Stahley said Green’s death 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.

Former 101st Airborne Division Pfc. Steven Dale Green is escorted to the courthouse in Paducah, Ky., in 2009.

Green and three other soldiers went to the home of an Iraqi family in Mahmoudiya, near a traffic checkpoint in March 2006. At the home, Green shot and killed three members of the al-Janabi family before becoming the third soldier to rape 14-year-old Abeer Qassim al-Janabi before killing her. He was convicted and sentenced in 2009.

Three other soldiers — Jesse Spielman, Paul Cortez and James Barker — are serving lengthy sentences in the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., for their roles in the attack. Each is eligible for parole in 2015.

Green was the first American soldier charged and convicted under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act. Signed in 2000, that law gives the federal government jurisdiction to pursue criminal cases against U.S. citizens and soldiers for acts committed in foreign lands.

Green was discharged from the military in May 2006 after being found to have a personality disorder.

  1. #1 by Luciana on February 19, 2014 - 9:13 pm

    Why doesn’t the entire military commit suicide? They are all killers. Just saying. Why prosecute the few when they are all guilty.

  2. #2 by dianrazak on February 19, 2014 - 9:29 pm

    UOGHHH MAMPUUSSS!!! ALHAMDULILLAH!!! !

  3. #3 by William Crain on February 19, 2014 - 9:39 pm

    It’s the Warrior Culture! We created this and we own these virulent mendacios rapacios US soldiers and marines ~ damn them all to hell..starting with Colin Powell.

  4. #4 by nooralhaqiqa on February 19, 2014 - 10:04 pm

    His passing is no loss to the human race. However, the fact that he was tortured enough to take his own life is more than proof enough to me that he suffered greatly in spirit as the result of his crimes. Rightfully so that he suffered. Let us only pray it was remorse.

    I am also going to say this, as a reincarnationalist, I cannot judge others under the normal rules of thumb. Who can remember what we have all done in our various lives that we atone for? One reason we do not remember past lives is simply because we could not live with ourselves were we fully aware of the horrors we have participated in over the millennia. We do pay for these things, that is what they call kharma but of course it is done without us being aware, 99% of the time, of the process.

    (BTW This belief system does not keep me from falling prey to emotions over these abominable events, just gives me a bit of an overview that allows me to make sense of it all.)

    This crimiA sacrificial lamb considering how many escaped temporal punishment…. For now. They all pay. We all pay. Somewhere. Some day. Somehow.

  5. #5 by DOC on February 19, 2014 - 10:15 pm

    To HELL with another MURDERER Hope that he will grill in there again and again.

  6. #6 by Edward on February 20, 2014 - 12:09 am

    White trash, the son-of-a-bitch should have experienced the fear of the gas chamber, hanging on to his last breath like he was diving in deep water. What an asshole to go out this way. All these fucking soldiers who kill and cheer deserve to die. I saw a video of those bastards cheering when depleted uranium was used in Falluja but they didn’t have the brains to realize they would get the atoms too. Die you son-of-bitches for crime against humanity. Next time you shoot in the sky! Or better yet, you turn your rifle….

  7. #7 by Edward on February 20, 2014 - 12:34 am

    My comment was not posted – I guess it was probably too rigid and straight forward.

  8. #8 by Todd Raine on February 20, 2014 - 1:00 am

    Isn’t Green a Jewish name? I know of a few proud Jewish ball players that were happy to be traded to the Dodgers because of the large Jewish community there. Anyway, noor, bless you, I have a different take on this. Yours is probably better, but for me, if he was even my son, I would have strapped him to the chair and pulled the switch myself. I would probably cry like a child afterward. But not for my boy, who deserved death. I would cry for the family he cruely harmed. I would be ashamed that I brought something so weak and destructive into their lives and this world. I imagine that sounds harsh to some. I am not sad he is dead now, even if he was mine. Only wish it would have happened in combat before that family, that child was harmed. May that child and that family rest in peace. Lord do whatever you want with Mr Green.

  9. #9 by bigcree1 on February 20, 2014 - 1:09 am

    Yes Edward in total agreement with you and the others here. That son of a bitch deserves no sympathy and now will pay for the rest of his miserable life for what he did.

  10. #10 by bigcree1 on February 20, 2014 - 1:11 am

    Lady Noor, I agree with you here. In the next lifetime this scumbag enters he WILL pay for this.

  11. #11 by Ray on February 20, 2014 - 1:26 am

    Be all you can be, kids. I hope this cowardly pile of puke and shit was raped to death and they’re just covering to portray an “honorable” death. Good riddance.

  12. #12 by Al on February 20, 2014 - 5:21 am

    I am not surprised… this is all rooted to the brainwashing system which has been practiced in the US. In fact this is not just problem of the military but majority of Americans are also brainwashed in different levels and they mostly hate Middle Eastern and Muslim people…

    So, we must blame or convict the cause or roots of this problem… In fact this soldier was victim of this system but non of our so-called free press or media ever mention about it…

  13. #13 by michael mazur on February 20, 2014 - 5:59 am

    German soldiers weren’t like this, for if they were, we sure would have heard no end of it, and in constant replay, conflated with The Holocaust, of course.

    That we haven’t heard of it these several decades – being plenty of time for the Jews to research it, is because the rarity of it would be underscored, calling into question the entire thesis of The Holocaust.

    As an aside, in the iPad’s auto spell check function there is no correction to mistakes made in hurriedly spelling ‘holocaust’, as it will only say ‘No Replacements Found’ , even though a red underscore appearing under this incorrectly spelt word is clearly indicating that the auto spell check function knows it to be misspelt.

    It’s like a reproach to us for not succumbing to having the word ‘holocaust’ branded into our brains.

    But to the matter of the death of Steven Green; notice that it is being investigated as a suicide, why not simply being investigated ? This means that they have decided in advance that it was a suicide, and all that is left to do is to determine just how Steven Green did it.

    As for the other three, notice the structure of the wording; serving lengthy sentences, but will be eligible for parole next year. Eh ?

    This is cover for Green having been sentenced to multiple lifetimes with the authorities not wanting to keep him for another half century.

  14. #14 by MJ on February 20, 2014 - 7:48 am

  15. #15 by Tony from IN on February 20, 2014 - 3:14 pm

    This creature who supposedly killed itself in prison is THE depraved of the depraved.

  16. #16 by Mark Propheter on February 20, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    To Al
    This boy (man) is only a Symptom of a much greater problem of a constant moral decay.
    Rooted in Americas educational,media,religious and political fabric.
    As much as I deplore what this boy (man) has done. I can not help but feel sorry for him. Because of the brain washing he was subjected to in order to make it possible for him to commit such a despicable act. As much as I believe that punishment should reflect the severity of the crime and his punishment was justified. Him killing himself is a sign to me he was remorseful for what he did.
    Only God himself can help him now.

  17. #17 by Rev 2:9 on February 20, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    Mark – who controls America’s educational (media), religious, political, financial and culturual fabric? One group, the 1% Tribe of the 310 million. But WE fund these skaggs to despoil and debauch and destroy us. They even “patriots” who screech about taking oaths & vows to save us- while doing nothing and siphoning off real dissent. Silence and apathy = consent under the law

  18. #18 by NLG on February 20, 2014 - 9:43 pm

    Guy probably offed himself, not from guilt but because he couldn’t cope with prison. The real question is, how many of these types of things go on, unreported? The entire war and aftermath for Iraq has been one neverending rape and murder. His mother probably cried for him, but that’s more than likely it. I don’t even want to imagine where he is now. Still, he got off easy, compared to a civilian, and other soldiers have done the equivalent and walked. What I remember most, how he talked about eating the chicken wings the family was cooking after his raping, murdering the girl, then slaughtering the rest of the family. I just don’t understand. And I never want to. I do know, though, some of these guys are pressured into doing the unspeakable. However, I think this guy was born bad. Just look into his eyes.

  19. #19 by Ingrid B on February 21, 2014 - 4:07 am

    the rape of Iraq is ongoing..

  20. #20 by Ingrid B on February 21, 2014 - 4:11 am

    MJ, I don`t think those Ron Paul was addressing were listening..

  21. #21 by MJ on February 21, 2014 - 4:20 pm

    Yeah Ingrid they have been zombified but we still try…:).

  22. #22 by nooralhaqiqa on February 21, 2014 - 8:31 pm

    Check the schnozz.

  23. #23 by annebeck58 on February 22, 2014 - 8:17 am

    Sorry, kids. but: yellow ribbons on our cars? I may not support the w ar(s) but I do upport our troops? Nope. Not when we see so much of these goings-on. This is one of many cases of rape and murder, then suicide, since these wars based on lies began. Is there a day this will end?’

    I have a feeling it will only end when the lunatics have stolen enough of her neighbors’ land and wealth, so it could be we’ll be in this for alot moreime. They are, quite simply, never satisfied.
    As I’ve said before NEVER ENOUGH should be their mantra; nevermind never-again, as we’ve been brainwashed to go along with.

    Sorry to the family that I cannot feel badly about this guy. It is what it is.

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