On August 23, a six-person panel sentenced Bales to life in prison without parole.    He was also demoted to the lowest enlisted rank, dishonorably discharged and will forfeit all pay and allowances.  A commanding general overseeing the court-martial has the option of reducing the sentence to life with the possibility of parole.  Afghan villagers and the families of Bales' victims were upset by the decision, saying he deserved death.   Bales is incarcerated in the maximum security section of United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth .