Convicted Midland Soldier Plans Appeal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A former soldier sentenced to five consecutive life sentences has filed notice he is appealing his conviction for the rape and murder of an Iraqi teenager and the shooting deaths of three of her family members.

Attorneys for former Pfc. Steven Dale Green of Midland, Texas, filed the notice in U.S. District Court in Louisville on Tuesday, four days after a judge issued the sentence.

A civilian jury in Kentucky convicted the 24-year-old Green in May of rape and multiple counts of murder for the deaths of the al-Janabi family on March 12, 2006, at their rural home outside Mahmoudiya, Iraq, about 20 miles south of Baghdad.