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NY Soldier Denies Guilt After 'Fragging' Acquittal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York National Guard soldier acquitted
of murder in the deaths of two superiors in Iraq says he expected a
guilty verdict despite being "very, very innocent."
Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez may be released from active duty and
returned to the 42nd Infantry Division unit after his military
court acquittal last week in North Carolina.
The 41-year-old Martinez, from Troy, N.Y., told the Times Union
of Albany newspaper in e-mails that he doesn't know anything about
the mine blast that killed the two in 2005. He was accused of
killing a direct superior - known as "fragging" - and could have
faced the death penalty if convicted.
Martinez said there were "many suspects out there" who could
have committed the crime. Killed were Capt. Phillip Esposito of
Suffern, N.Y., and 1st Lt. Louis Allen of Milford, Pa.
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Information from: Times Union, http://www.timesunion.com

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