Published: Aug 16, 2011 9:02 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal appeals panel has upheld the conviction of a former U.S. soldier serving five consecutive life sentences after being found guilty of crimes committed while he was on active duty in Iraq.
    
Three judges on the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in the case of former Pfc. Steven Dale Green.
    
A federal district court jury in Paducah, Ky., convicted Green in 2009 of sexually assaulting and killing a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdering three of her family members while serving with Fort Campbell's 101st Airborne Division three years earlier.
    
Green was discharged from the Army with a personality disorder in May 2006, before the full scope of the crime became known to the Army. He is being held in a federal prison in Tucson, Ariz.

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