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Everything You Need to Know About the Hebron Shooter's Trial

What Sgt. Elor Azaria did, what he got for it and what's up next.

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Elor Azaria during his sentencing hearing, February 21, 2016.
Elor Azaria during his sentencing hearing, February 21, 2016.Credit: Moti Milrod

An Israeli military court found Sgt. Elor Azaria guilty of manslaughter on January 4 and sentenced him to an 18 month prison sentence Tuesday.

Azaria, a medic in the Kfir infantry brigade, shot and killed Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, a Palestinian attacker, in Hebron on March 24, 2016. Sharif was lying prone, wounded and immobile on the ground.

The incident began when Sharif and another Palestinian attacked a soldier from Azaria's unit with knives. They were shot. Azaria arrived on the scene a few minutes later.

The shooting was captured on video by a Palestinian human rights activist and widely distributed.

On Tuesday, Azaria received an 18 month prison sentence, a year's probation and a demotion to the rank of private. The maximum sentence for manslaughter is 20 years. One of the judges wrote in the sentence that he thought that Azaria should serve a two-and-a-half year sentence, but was overruled by the other two judges.

Azaria will begin serving his sentence in Confinement Base 396, an IDF prison known as "Military Prison 6" near Atlit, south of Haifa, on March 5 at 11 A.M. He is entitled, as is any prisoner, to submit a request for parole after serving at least two-thirds of his sentence. The parole board has no obligation to grant such a request.

Azaria can appeal both, or either, the conviction or the sentence at the Military Court of Appeals. His lawyers said he would.

In addition, he can ask the head of the IDF's Central Command for clemency. He can also submit a request to President Reuven Rivlin for a pardon, but before the president makes his decision, the IDF chief of staff, the chief military prosecutor, the head of the military personnel directorate and the defense minister would have to submit their legal opinions, a process that is likely to be lengthy.

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