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Sentence reduced for CIA contractor convicted of detainee abuse

Posted April 6, 2010 10:48 a.m. EDT

— A federal judge on Tuesday reduced the prison sentence of an American civilian who was convicted almost four years ago of mistreating a detainee during the war in Afghanistan.

David Passaro, a CIA civilian contractor who lived in Lillington, was found guilty in August 2006 of hitting detainee Abdul Wali with a flashlight and kicking him in the groin. Wali later died of his injuries.

Passaro appealed the conviction, saying federal courts had no jurisdiction over assaults at a remote military base in Afghanistan. An appellate court upheld the conviction but ordered a new sentencing, saying U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle failed to explain his reasons for giving Passaro a 100-month prison sentence, which was a longer term than federal sentencing guidelines suggested.

Boyle re-sentenced Passaro on Tuesday to 80 months in prison.