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U.S. Soldier Sentenced to Life For Murder of Kosovo Girl

A U.S. soldier was sentenced to life without parole for sodomizing and murdering an 11-year-old Kosovo Albanian girl while on peacekeeping duty in Kosovo. Staff Sergeant Frank Ronghi pled guilty to sodomy and premeditated murder of the young girl, Merita Shabiu, shortly before the U.S. military court trial in Germany began on July 31st. In a moving testimony before the court, Shabiu’s father said, “My daughter welcomed the peacekeepers. She was very happy because she thought they had come to protect us.” Sergeant Ronghi murdered Shabiu in an abandoned building in January of this year and attempted to hide her mutilated body in nearby woods.

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New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com) 2 August 2