A U.S. soldier who has pleaded guilty to threatening to attack fellow troops in Iraq has been discharged, allowing him to avoid court-martial proceedings, the military said Saturday.
Spc. Marc A. Hall, who had been based in Mahmoudiya, Iraq, has spent more than four months in confinement.
Hall has admitted that he told several people he would attack members of his unit if he were deployed under the Army's stop-loss policy, and that he mailed to the Pentagon a CD on which he threatened in rap lyrics to shoot members of the Army.
Under the stop-loss policy, the military can extend a service member's active duty service beyond the terms of the soldier's enlistment contract, and has affected tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Because he is not going through court-martial, the soldier received an "other-than-honorable discharge" from the Army. He will lose military and veterans benefits and be reduced to the lowest enlisted grade (E1) in the Army. A dishonorable discharge is based on the outcome of a court-martial.