Pfc. Lynndie England, the young woman pictured grinning and giving a thumbs-up in some of the most notorious photos to come out of the Abu Ghraib scandal, pleaded guilty Monday to mistreating prisoners, saying she let her comrades talk her into going along with the abuse, according to the Associated Press. Wearing her dress green Army uniform and speaking somberly in a soft voice, the 22-year-old Army reservist told the judge in Fort Hood, Texas, that she initially resisted taking part in the abuse at the Baghdad prison, but ultimately caved in to peer pressure.
“I had a choice, but I chose to do what my friends wanted me to,” she said, entering her pleas a day before the start of her trial. The charges carry up to 11 years in prison, but prosecutors and the defense reached an agreement that caps the sentence at a lesser punishment, the length of which was not released. A military jury will convene Tuesday to determine her punishment. She will get the lesser of the jury’s sentence or the term agreed on in the plea bargain.