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    Police charge Fort Stewart soldier with staging shooting to avoid Iraq RANDY PENNELL Associated Press Thu, Dec. 16, 2004 http://www.ledger-
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      Police charge Fort Stewart soldier with staging shooting to avoid
      Iraq

      RANDY PENNELL
      Associated Press
      Thu, Dec. 16, 2004
      http://www.ledger-
      enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/news/politics/10433554.htm


      PHILADELPHIA - Police arrested a Fort Stewart, Ga., soldier Thursday
      after he allegedly had his cousin shoot him so he wouldn't have to
      return to Iraq.

      Army Spc. Marquise J. Roberts, of Hinesville, Ga., suffered a minor
      wound to the leg from a .22 caliber pistol, police said. He was
      treated at a hospital, then arrested after he allegedly confessed to
      having made up a story about the shooting.

      Police charged Roberts with filing a false report.

      Roberts, 23, was on a two-week leave from the Army's 3rd Infantry
      Division, which led the assault on Baghdad in 2003 and is scheduled
      to return to Iraq within the next few months.

      Police said Roberts, who was in Iraq for seven months, was
      distraught about having to return to combat duty, and wanted to stay
      with his family.

      Lt. Col. Cliff Kent, a spokesman for the 3rd Infantry, said Roberts
      had been scheduled to return from leave to Fort Stewart this week.

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