JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- Army prosecutors say they have a recording of a phone call in which Staff Sgt. Robert Bales and his wife laugh as they review the charges filed against him in the killing of 16 Afghan villagers.

Bales pleaded guilty in June in a deal to avoid the death penalty for killing 16 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children, on March 11, 2012.

His sentencing begins Tuesday, and prosecutors told the judge at a hearing Monday they hope to play the recording, among others, to show a lack of remorse on Bales' part. He faces life in prison either with or without the possibility of release.

A lawyer for Bales said the clips of the recordings were taken out of context.

The judge said he will listen to the entire recordings before deciding whether they can be used at the sentencing.

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