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steve2470 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-14-07 06:05 AM
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10. Soldier Shoots Himself to Avoid Iraq
Source: AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- A soldier who recently returned from Iraq has admitted he paid someone $500 to shoot him in the leg so he could avoid returning for another tour.

Jonathan Aponte, 20, claimed he had been robbed and shot but changed his story when police questioned him, authorities said. Aponte, who was facing another eight-month tour, had been scheduled to leave last Monday.

"As far as being shot at every day, I think it's better," Aponte told WCBS-TV in an interview that aired Friday. "Mentally I can't do it anymore. I can't handle it anymore."

Aponte was charged with conspiracy and falsely reporting an incident, according to the criminal complaint.

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  -Anything but back to Iraq Desperate G.I., wife hired man to shoot him: cops RamboLiberal  Jul-13-07 10:14 AM   #0 
  - Mr. Aponte, we want you to shoot other people  gratuitous   Jul-13-07 10:27 AM   #1 
  - You see the Desperation here  lovuian   Jul-13-07 10:39 AM   #2 
  - Makes me wonder what else the troops are doing to not go back  krispos42   Jul-13-07 10:41 AM   #3 
  - Makes me wonder what the troops are doing to go back.  hootinholler   Jul-13-07 10:45 AM   #4 
  - police do not take lightly the making of fase claims.  rodeodance   Jul-13-07 10:46 AM   #5 
  - I would hope that their lawyer(s) use PTSD in their defense.  krkaufman   Jul-13-07 10:56 AM   #6 
  - Absolutely. We broke them. We fix them. Pottery Barn Rules. n/t  IanDB1   Jul-13-07 05:28 PM   #9 
  - He could have just said he had a boyfriend. Geesh!  IanDB1   Jul-13-07 05:21 PM   #7 
  - True, any Republican senator in a park men's room would do  MetaTrope   Jul-13-07 05:25 PM   #8 
  - Soldier Shoots Himself to Avoid Iraq  steve2470   Jul-14-07 06:05 AM   #10 
     - And yet another way this becomes Vietnam redux.  sutz12   Jul-14-07 06:05 AM   #11 
     - Why did he think that that being shot in the leg would keep him from being sent back  Hissyspit   Jul-14-07 06:05 AM   #12 
        - He could've  Screwfly   Jul-14-07 06:05 AM   #13 
           - Desert to Iran? Wouldn't that  zidzi   Jul-14-07 06:05 AM   #14 

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