A U.S. soldier who tried to go to Canada to avoid being deployed to Iraq has been released from a military prison after serving nearly a year for desertion.
The War Resisters Support Campaign says that Cliff Cornell left a prison at Camp Lejeune on Saturday and is trying to return to Canada.
The solider from Mountain Home, Ark., went to Canada in January 2005, a month before his 3rd Infantry Division unit was scheduled to deploy to Iraq.
Cornell said he feared for his own life and couldn't stomach the thought of killing. He returned to the U.S. when Canada refused his refugee status.
Cornell worked at a grocery store on Gabriola Island in British Columbia while in Canada and hopes to return to the area.