Former United States Army Lieutenant William Calley was released on Saturday (9 November). He had?
Former United States Army Lieutenant William Calley was released on Saturday (9 November). He had served three years of his 10-year sentence for the murders of 22 Vietnamese civilians in the village of My Lai.
He was freed to bail of 1,000 U. S. dollars (410 pounds sterling) after appearing briefly at a court in Columbus, before the same Federal Judge who ruled that Calley's court martial conviction was unconstitutional. The Army is now appealing while his case is being resolved in court.
His lawyer, Houston Gordon, said Calley would never have to spend another day in confinement.
Calley himself had no comment on his release. But he was said to be elated. His lawyer said he just wanted to go back a normal life and he would look for a job.
On Friday, Secretary of the Army, Howard Callaway, said in Washington, that he was granting Called parole from 19 November. In Court on Saturday an Army lawyer said the parole could be made immediately instead of bail. But Called's lawyer rejected the offer.
Calley -- now 31 -- was the only American convicted for taking part in the massacre of Vietnamese civilians in My Lai six years ago.
He was originally sentenced to life imprisonment for his part in the murder. The sentence was later cut to 20 years and then -- last April -- to 10 years.