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Abu Ghraib Guard Freed From Prison

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan., Aug. 6 (UPI) — Charles Graner Jr., a guard convicted in the abuse of Abu Ghraib prison inmates in Irag, was released from military prison Saturday, an Army spokeswoman said.

Rebecca Steed said the Army reservist served 6 1/2 years of his 10-year term at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., CNN reported.

Steed told the U.S. news network Graner, 42, will be on supervised release until December 2014.

The private from Uniontown, Pa., was considered the ringleader in the detainee abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib. He was convicted in 2005 of conspiring to mistreat detainees, including having naked prisoners stacked in a pyramid, ordering them to masturbate while others took photos and punching one in the head.

Eleven low-ranking soldiers were found guilty in the scandal, which tarnished the United States’ image.

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