Defense suggests no more than 25 years for Manning

By: DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press
By: DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press

UPDATED 2:10 -- FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Pfc. Bradley Manning's lawyers are asking a military judge to balance rehabilitation and punishment before sentencing the soldier for giving classified information to WikiLeaks.

Defense attorney David Coombs made his closing argument Monday in Manning's court-martial. The judge says she'll start deliberating Tuesday.

Manning faces up to 90 years in prison, but prosecutors only asked the judge for 60 years.

Coombs didn't recommend a specific sentence but suggested any prison term shouldn't exceed 25 years. He says the classification of some of the documents Manning leaked expires in 25 years.

Coombs says the military failed Manning when a supervisor didn't report to commanders his concerns about Manning's mental health.

Coombs says Manning took the first step toward rehabilitation when he offered to serve up to 20 years in February.

1:30 PM -- FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Prosecutors are asking a military judge to sentence Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 60 years in prison.

Capt. Joe Morrow made the recommendation during closing arguments Monday in the sentencing phase of Manning's court-martial. Morrow says the soldier was convicted of serious crimes and deserves to spend the majority of his life in prison.

Manning faced up to 90 years for his convictions on 20 counts, including six violations of the Espionage Act. Morrow did not say why prosecutors were only seeking 60 years.

Manning's defense attorney will give his closing argument later Monday. Manning's attorneys have presented witnesses who said he was under great stress, due largely to his gender identity confusion in the "don't ask, don't tell" era.

The judge said she will begin deliberating the punishment Tuesday.

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