Lt. col. granted clemency in sex assault case to retire as major

James WilkersonLt. col. granted clemency in sex assault case to retire as major

Lt. Col. James Wilkerson, the former Aviano Air Base, Italy, inspector general whose overturned sexual assault conviction triggered calls for change to long-standing military law, will retire Jan. 1 at the rank of major.

Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning approved Wilkerson’s retirement on Wednesday, Lt. Col. Laurel Tingley, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.

Fanning “concluded that Wilkerson did not serve satisfactorily in the grade of lieutenant colonel,” Tingley said.

Read more: http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20131017/NEWS/310170022/Lt-col-granted-clemency-sex-assault-case-retire-major

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