(ST ANTHONY, ID) — An eastern Idaho soldier convicted of murdering an Iraqi civilian in 2007 will be released from a military prison next month. Anna Vela, the mother of Sgt. Evan Vela, says her son is scheduled to be released March 21. The St. Anthony native was a U.S. Army sniper and claimed his hiding position had been compromised by the victim. Vela was serving a 10-year sentence for shooting the civilian and allegedly planting an AK-47 on the corpse to make it appear as if the victim was an insurgent. Vela’s family says they’re thankful for the outpouring of support they’ve received since Vela was imprisoned.
Magdala Louissaint, KPVI
Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com
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