FAYETTEVILLE -- A Fort Bragg Army officer will spend the next 20 years of his life in a military prison.
The jury handed down the sentence for First Lt. Clint Lorance Thursday night, after finding him guilty of murder and attempted murder in the deaths of two Afghan civilians.
Prosecutors said he ordered soldiers in his platoon to shoot at three Afghan civilians riding on a motorcycle while on patrol in Afghanistan last year. Two of the men were killed.
They said that is in violation of the military's rules of engagement, which requires soldiers to hold fire unless they have evidence of hostile action or intent.
Attorneys for Lorance said he was trying to protect his unit.
He will serve his sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Lorance was also dishonorably discharged from the Army and will have to forfeit all pay from this point on.