Three months after this 2/14/2010 Facebook chat between Adam Winfield, then 21, and his father, he was accused along with five other soldiers in his platoon of the murder of another Afghani civilian on 5/2/2010. Adam's father had tried to warn someone in the government or military about what his son had told him, without success.
On March 7th 2011 at a pretrial hearing, Army prosecutors said the Facebook chatlog is irrelevant to the case and moved to disallow it as evidence. The motion was overruled by the presiding judge.
In August 2011, Adam pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in failing to prevent the killings. He testified, "I was afraid, and I wish I was braver. And that's going to haunt me for the rest of my life."