Alaska native Spc. Jeremy Morlock pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to three counts of murdering unarmed Afghans and other wrongdoing during a court-martial hearing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Spc. Jeremy Morlock pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to three counts of murdering unarmed Afghans and other wrongdoing in an important juncture in a U.S. Army war-crimes investigation.

As part of the plea agreement, Morlock is expected to receive a prison sentence of up to 24 years, and to testify against other soldiers accused of crimes while serving in Afghanistan, including four accused of murder. The plea resulted from months of negotiations with prosecutors, and must now be approved by an Army judge.

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