November 18th, 2009
11:28 AM ET

Wives say sergeants are heroes, not criminals

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/18/soldier.wife.jpg caption="Johana Mayo said her husband has been punished enough."]
Abbie Boudreau and Scott Zamost
CNN Special Investigations Unit

The wives of three Army sergeants in prison for premeditated murder say their husbands are war heroes who should not be in prison.

"I can sympathize with them that they felt like there was nothing else they could do," said Jamie Leahy, wife of Sgt. Michael Leahy, a 28-year-old medic.

She said her husband and the other two sergeants were heroes for protecting other soldiers. Leahy, 1st Sgt. John Hatley and Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Mayo killed four Iraqi men whom they had taken into custody at a canal in Baghdad, Iraq.

During the investigation of the killings, Leahy told Army investigators that the same men they had captured would be shooting at them again if they had released them.

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  1. Cindy

    I can see where these men were coming from and the desperation they must have felt about the detainees being let go to kill again but the fact still remains that they lined up 4 men after they had them captured and they executed them gangsta style. They broke the law no matter where they were. They knew what they were doing was wrong yet they still did it. They have to pay for that.

    I feel bad for their wives and they should stand behind their men but they do have to see that killing these men was wrong. If the shoe was on the other foot and their husbands had been killed that way would they say the killers shouldn't be made to pay? NO they wouldn't!


    November 18, 2009 at 11:52 am |