Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years and has been sent to Leavenworth prison. ABC News reports on Aug. 21 that Army Col. Denise Lind sentenced Manning, and his lawyer told the media about Fort Leavenworth prison.
Pfc. Bradley Manning will serve his 35-year sentence at the Leavenworth prison, but it will be reduced by the 1,294 days he has already spent in jail. His lawyer, David Coombs, insists that Manning may be released on parole after eight or seven years.
The 25-year-old was charged on 20 counts for leaking 700,000 documents, and Coombs states he plans to ask for a presidential pardon. Manning has been at the Fort Leavenworth prison since 2011. Before he was sentenced, the former intelligence analyst stated he was “sorry” for hurting the country and the consequences of releasing the documents to WikiLeaks. “When I made these decisions I believed I was going to help people, not hurt people,” he added.
Leavenworth prison, located in Kansas, is known for being very restrictive, and prisoners are expected to work 40 hours a week with duties ranging from laundry to cooking. Bradley Manning’s lawyer states he does not think this was a fair trial and is working on putting together his appeal for a presidential pardon. David Coombs also believes the British government could have taken a more active role in helping his client since he has a dual citizenship.