ARMED FORCES: A Reduction for Calley

The terse, four-paragraph statement from U.S. Third Army Commander Lieut. General Albert O. Connor concluded: "It was determined that the conviction was correct in law and fact and that the reduced sentence was appropriate for the offenses for which he was convicted." Thus the conviction of Lieut. William L. Calley was upheld, but his sentence—for the premeditated murder of at least 22 Vietnamese civilians and assault with intent to murder a small child—was changed from life imprisonment to 20 years. Calley, confined to his apartment at Fort Benning, Ga., since President Nixon personally intervened 44 months ago and had him...

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