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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - January 15, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                Saturday January 15 2005 THE NEW MEXICAN A3 Ringleader could face up to 15 years behind bars The Associated Press FORT HOOD Texas Army Spc Charles Graner the reputed ringleader of a band of rogue guards at the Abu Ghraib prison was convicted Friday of abus ing Iraqi detainees in a case that sparked international outrage when photographs were released that showed reservists gleefully abusing prisoners Bush plans Pell Grant award raise The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE Fla President Bush proposed on Friday an increase in the gov ernment Pell Grants that help lowerincome students afford higher education but said he would shave the cost out of a federal studentloan program that also provides college aid Sharing a stage with Pell Grant recipients Bush pledged to seek a 12 percent increase in the awards over five years which would cost billion That would allow the maxi mum grant to rise to by 2010 from the level where the grants have been frozen for three years College education expenses have rose far beyond the nations inflation levels for years In 2004 the average in state tuition at public fouryear universities rose percent to according to the Col lege Board Overall inflation averaged about 2 percent from 2001 through 2003 Pell Grants the govern ments primary college aid for lowerincome students are received by 5 million students who receive from to based on need and cost Bushs proposal falls short of what he promised during his first presidential campaign Then he said he would raise the maximum award to President Bush isnt being honest with Americas students and said Kate Rube highereducation advocate with the State Public Interest Research Groups This pro posal would actually increase the gap between tuition and available student The president also said his budget for the financial year starting Oct 1 which he will present to Congress next month would cover the Pell Grant programs billion deficit The shortfall has developed from a surge demand and a rule that eli gible students must receive grant money they are entitled to regardless of congressional appropriations Bush offered few details but said he would pay for both the higher grant limits and the deficit payoff with changes in the governments studentloan programs In the weeks leading to the release of their budget proposals presi dents often highlight specific often modest proposals to increase popular programs but say little about cuts the documents also would contain oi BELLORA MISONI HOME TREASURES BEDDING Sanbusco Center 9823298 pandoras Co me Taste the best New Mexican Cuisine in town Lunch Buffet Off Your Dinner with purchase of or more after pm with this ad 416 Agua Fria 988 5991 Graner the first soldier to be tried on charges arising from the scandal was con victed of all five charges and faces up to 15 years behind bars Four other soldiers have pleaded guilty in the scandal Graner stood at attention and looked straight ahead without expression as each verdict was read The jury took less than five hours to reach the verdict and began the sentencing phase Friday evening The prosecu tion wrapped up its sentencing testimony quickly but Gra ners attorney called seven wit nesses before testimony ended for the night and planned at least two more today It was unclear whether Graner who did not testify during the trial would be one of them The verdict came after a trial in which pros ecutors depicted Graner as a sadistic soldier who took great pleasure in seeing detainees was accused of stacking naked prisoners in a human pyra mid and later ordering them to masturbate while other soldiers took photographs He also allegedly punched one man in the head hard enough to knock him out and struck an injured prisoner with a col lapsible metal stick The jury of four Army offi cers and six senior enlisted men rejected the defense argu ment that Graner and other guards were merely follow ing orders from intelligence agents at Abu Ghraib when they roughed up the detainees Graner a 36yearold reservist from Uniontown faced 10 counts under five separate charges Assault conspiracy maltreat ment of detainees commit ting indecent acts and der eliction of duty He was found guilty on all counts except that one assault count was downgraded to battery The Associated Press Army Spc Charles Graner left and his defense counsel Guy Womak listen to the guilty ver dicts in his courtmartial at Fort Hood Texas on Friday STOREWIDE SAVINGS HURRY IN FOR THE BEST SELECTION Orig EARRINGS RINGS From Haskell Erica Lyons Orig Infants Newborns NOVELTY TEES ONESIES Orig S20S68 Ladies Petites Dillards Woman BECHAMEL SEPARATES SALE Reg BEADED WRISTLET From a famous American designer Sale ends Monday January 31 6 Orig Boys820 PLUGG OTB BOTTOMS Orig Ladies Petites WESTBOUND NOVELTY TOPS Orig S29S32 Young Mens ODD WOVEN SHIRTS Orig S58S65 Mens DESIGNER KNIT SHIRTS 75 14 Orig Juniors DRESSES From 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