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Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier accused in a deadly shooting rampage in Afghanistan, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, the military said.

If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Bales, 38, is accused of walking off a U.S. military base with his 9mm pistol and M-4 rifle, which was outfitted with a grenade launcher, before dawn on March 11, killing nine Afghan children and eight adults and burning some of the bodies.

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