JBLM Army Soldier Nathan Smith Sentenced to 11 Years to Life in Prison for Kidnapping, Rape, Attempted Rape, Torture, and Arson (2010)

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Nathan Smith, US Army

According to ABC News, US Army Staff Sgt. Nathan Ryan Smith, 29, was charged with kidnapping, rape, arson, and tampering with evidence in the State of Washington. Fort Lewis Army personnel reported that Nathan Smith was Absent Without Leave (AWOL) as of January 5, 2009. Washington state investigators said Smith was suspected of kidnapping and attacking two women.

Smith was accused of grabbing one woman on January 1, 2009 in a Tacoma, Washington parking lot. He allegedly choked her until she became unconscious. The woman claimed when she woke up, she was naked and bound with zip ties in someone’s house. When she tried to free herself, she says she heard a man say, “If you fight, you’ll die.” Then she alleged the man put a knife to her face and said, “If you cooperate, you’ll go home.” According to this victim, the man believed to be Nathan Smith then gagged her and raped her. He also used electrified clamps to torture her and told the woman “If you tell anybody, police or anyone, I will kill you and your family. I can find you. I will find you.”

“After he allegedly raped one woman, Smith told her, I have killed several people in Iraq. I’m crazy in the head, and if I get caught by police I will come looking for you and kill you.” –ABC News

The second victim the police identified was a woman who was kidnapped on January 3, 2009. She claimed once they arrived at the assailant’s home, he choked her until she blacked out. She told police that when she woke up, her hands were bound and she had a gag in her mouth. She managed to escape and ran to a neighbor’s house who called the Washington State police. The second woman gave a similar description as the first victim of the man who kidnapped her. She also identified the same car the first victim identified, the same car Nathan Smith drove.

In both instances the victims said their attacker fit Smith’s description and drove the same kind of car that is registered to Smith. Washington State Police reported that Fort Lewis Army soldier Nathan Smith served as a calvary scout in Iraq from September 2006 to October 2007 and has military and wilderness survival skills. Nathan Smith is considered extremely dangerous. When finally captured and arrested, The News Tribune in Tacoma reported that Smith pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. In 2010, Smith changed his plea to guilty; guilty of one count of second-degree rape, one count of attempted second-degree rape, and one count of first-degree arson. The prosecutor requested 12 years for Smith, adding the brutality he inflicted on the women was off the charts. On May 28, 2010, the Judge sentenced Nathan Smith to 11 years to life in prison and it will be up to the Washington state Indeterminate Sentence Review Board to determine when, if ever, Smith is released.

He apologized to the women before being sentencing, saying he hopes the pain he caused them does not endure. He also apologized to his former comrades in arms. “They’re in Iraq right now, which is where I should be,” said Smith, a former cavalry scout with the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division…Defense attorney Wayne Fricke requested a low-end sentence of nine years, three months, saying his client had served his country honorably before going over the line with the women – prostitutes he’d hired to have sex with him. –The News Tribune

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Retired Navy Officer Robert Klosterman Shot his Wife Rebecca Because She ‘Ruined’ his Military Career, Then Shot Himself (2010)

Becky Klosterman

Rebecca Klosterman

Robert Klosterman

Robert Klosterman, US Navy

“Becky never called police because she feared it would make Robert angrier and jeopardize his career.” –The Virginia Pilot

Rebecca and Robert Klosterman were married in 1974 but by 2008 they were ready to call it quits after allegations of violence and an unfulfilled Navy career surfaced. The divorce was long, drawn out, and tense. Apparently finances and infidelity troubled the couple throughout their marriage. Rebecca learned about Bob’s secret life after he told her he had been frequenting strip clubs in Washington DC and had bought expensive gifts for dancers and waitresses. In 2008, Bob allegedly pointed a gun at Rebecca and then turned it on himself. Rebecca called the police, got a temporary restraining order, Bob moved out, and a few weeks later she filed for divorce. Bob on the other hand was angry that his wife had become “entrenched in the Tailhook scandal.” According to Bob, when the 1991 Tailhook scandal emerged, Rebecca took sides. She became friends with the wife of an officer who witnessed the drunken and misogynistic crowd at the Las Vegas convention. Rebecca also attended a 1993 hearing in Norfolk with this same woman who was compelled to testify. When the selection board considered Bob for admiral, he learned from a friend that the board discussed his wife. Robert never made the cut for Admiral despite his impressive resume. In 1997, Robert Klosterman retired from the Navy after 28 years and the couple settled in Norfolk, Virginia. Ultimately, Bob blamed Rebecca for his failure to make admiral and his bitterness swelled to violence. This would not only drive Rebecca toward divorce but it would end in a murder-suicide. On May 2, 2010, Bob shot his wife in the chest killing her. He then called police to report that he shot Rebecca Klosterman. The police arrived to find the couple dead, both killed by single shots to their chests. They found a 3 page letter near Bob’s body.

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Bob and Becky Klosterman are a model couple – fit, attractive and well spoken.Bob is a retired high ranking Navy commander and Becky a busy homemaker. Their life seems ideal, until one of them snaps. Suddenly, their prefect life explodes at the seams. -Discovery ID

Army Soldier Adam Winfield Tried to Report War Crimes in Afghanistan But Instead was Charged with War Crimes as Part of ‘The Kill Team’ (2010)

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Spc. Adam Winfield, US Army

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