JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs had a natural ability to lead, but he took trusted junior soldiers down a dark path that included "unspeakable cruelty," an Army prosecutor said Tuesday in the first public summation of the war-crimes case against the 26-old-year from Montana.
Capt. Andre Leblanc, the prosecutor, laid out the case against Gibbs, the alleged ringleader of a gang of 12 soldiers charged with committing more than 70 crimes while serving with the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division in southern Afghanistan.
Gibbs faces the most charges, which include the alleged murder of three unarmed Afghans, threatening two platoon members with death, and possession of severed fingers and other human body parts.