A Month in Review: In the News on Military Justice for All (February 2018)

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Reward Offered:
Reward offered in case of service dog found shot, dumped at train tracks



Stateside Deaths:
Army Ranger died during free-fall training in January
CMC facing court-martial committed suicide, police say
Altus airman killed in bicycle accident
Special Forces soldier dies in motorcycle crash outside Fort Bragg
Virginia Beach sailor killed in crash had “high aspirations” for a better life in America
Airman from Vandenberg Air Force Base killed in early-morning crash
Air Force identifies airman killed after being run over by bus
Identity revealed of airman killed near Vandenberg; donations being solicited for services
Young Army soldier found dead in parking lot from apparent suicide
Army: Paratrooper, 19, found dead in North Carolina
Army Ranger killed in accidental shooting at training facility has been identified
Officials ID Army Ranger who died at Oregon training facility
Soldier commits suicide after Army wives bullied her, told her she should die
Marine from Riverside who served multiple deployments killed in car crash
Death of 82nd Airborne Paratrooper in Fayetteville under investigation
Shooting death of Army Ranger at Camp Rilea prompts investigation
Soldier dies in accidental shooting at Oregon’s Camp Rilea
Soldier dies in shooting at Oregon’s Camp Rilea

Overseas Deaths:
Al-Qaida ‘Warrior’ Gets Life for Killing 2 US Service Members
‘An Endless War’: Why 4 U.S. Soldiers Died in a Remote African Desert
How a US soldier’s death in Afghanistan ended up in a German court, 4 years later
Young Army widow: ‘He never wanted me to worry’
US soldier died after he was hit by a freight train, German police say
US Soldier Found Dead in Germany Near Train Station

Homicide Cases:
U.S. Military Launches Broad Investigation of Seal Team 6 After Green Beret Killing in Mali
Green Beret death prompts probe of SEAL Team 6, unit that took out Osama bin Laden
Former U.S. Army specialist sentenced for death of infant child
Husband pleads not guilty in wife’s 2014 death
3 JROTC members killed in Parkland shooting to be honored by Army, Florida National Guard
Detective: Surveillance video, witness led police to 2 Omaha men charged in death of Army sergeant
How I Changed My Mind About the Jeffrey MacDonald Murder Case (2012)
Soldier charged in connection to deadly street race indicted
Army medic charged with killing infant daughter is back at Fort Campbell
Trial begins for former Marine accused of murder
Omaha employment center renamed for slain Army Staff Sgt. Kyle LeFlore
Army medic charged with rape/murder of infant daughter returns to post
Exclusive: ‘Killer Cadet’ speaks out from behind bars; ‘Lie Guy’ weighs in
Affidavit: Blood and DNA on knife link ex-Navy man to wife’s murder
Judge sentences mother accused of leaving child in hot car at hair salon
Elizabeth Sullivan case: Husband arrested in slaying of woman found in San Diego Bay

Sex Crimes Cases:
30 arrested in Bell County prostitution sting
Fort Hood soldiers arrested in prostitution sting may face Army justice
Levi Austin Goss Arrested for Raping, Attacking Teen
Marines convicted on sexual assault, child porn charges, other cases pending
Former Navy Corpsman Gets 20 years in Prison on Child Sex Charges
Army recruiter arrested after sending nude Snapchat photo to teen, police say
JBLM soldier accused of taking lewd photos of former supervisor while she slept
Sexual assault reports doubled at West Point
USS Ronald Reagan sailor arrested, accused of sexual assault in Tokyo
Three airmen arrested for “gang raping” female airman at a house party

Other Crime or Misconduct Cases:
Wakefield Army sergeant died after head-on bike crash with car driven by American serviceman, inquest told
USS McCain’s former XO found guilty of dereliction of duty
Heidi Todd, missing South Carolina girl, found safe in Alabama; Thomas Lawton Evans captured
2-star to lose one star over texts to wife of enlisted soldier
Save Our Heroes Sends 2nd Letter to FBI & VA Office of Inspector General
Texas church shooter ‘waterboarded’ his ex-wife
Hood CID agent testifies Smith is gang leader (2005)
New online scams target soldiers, Army warns
Air Force Academy removes 11 from men’s swim team for misconduct
Soldier knocks out girlfriend, leaves baby on side of road, flees police, officers say
Marines Secretly Recorded Hazing at Pendleton Barracks, Report Says
Navy: 17 sailors disciplined for Fitzgerald and McCain collisions

AWOL/Desertion Cases:
Man on run from the Army since the 1980s sentenced to federal prison
Accused Army deserter arrested on cruise ship, will face charges
No cross-exam about Army desertion in BP agent’s murder trial
Army deserter arrested after boarding cruise ship in New Orleans
Cross-border killing: Should BP Agent’s Army AWOL be evidence?

Burn pits downrange caused lung disease in service members, court rules
Dad loses bid to sue Marine Corps over daughter’s murder
Judge rules against parents of Marine killed in 2015 Osprey crash
Families of violent soldier militia victims awarded $4 million

Military Explosives:

Wrongly Convicted:
President Donald Trump Tweet (February 10, 2018)
Court Overturns Sentence of GI Convicted of Beating Toddler Stepson
Cassie Jaye on #MeToo: ‘Falsely Accused People are Victims, Too’
A Mother’s cry for help: Part 1
Senator Demands Answers in Shady Conviction of Maj. Clarence Anderson



Oregon Military Department upgrades Camp Umatilla



Dale Beatty, who lost his legs but found a mission to help his fellow veterans, dies

Homicide Cases:
Veteran sentenced to 23 years for murder
Man accused of killing Army vet on trial for separate crime
Radcliff man indicted for role in 2016 slaying
Owner, one of two killed in auto dealership shooting, served in military
American Army Veteran Accused Of Murdering His Porn Star Wife
Man sentenced for killing Army veteran in 2015
Marine veteran fire captain is executed in golf buggy road rage attack by a 21-year-old gunman who shot him in the head
Did Lee Miglin Know Andrew Cunanan? ‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’ Recreates The Contested Events Leading Up To His Murder
Friend remembers 75-year-old man found dead in south side home
No charges for officers who killed Dallas sniper, officials say
Officials: No charges for officers who killed Dallas sniper

Other Crime Cases:
U.S. Army Veteran Who Served Two Tours in Afghanistan Faces Possible Deportation to Mexico
Navy Seal who Killed Bin Laden Gets Thrown off Plane for Being Drunk
Kentucky veteran’s service dog found dead with gunshot wound to the head
Retired Marine officer charged with selling items donated for homeless veterans
Deputies investigating extortion in case of missing service dog that was found dead

Veterans Affairs Issues:
Illinois governor denies clemency to Army veteran with green card who is facing deportation
VA Budget Would Climb to Nearly $200 Billion Under Trump Proposal
VA Memo Nixes Plan to Shift Funding for Homeless Veterans
This Marine Vet Was Fired By Police For Following His Military Instincts. Now He’s Receiving Justice
The Public’s Health: Suicide rate for Montana’s veterans still among highest
Veteran seeks $500,000 from VA for therapist who wanted to marry him
VA disregards request to make agency motto gender-neutral
VA hospital director in Oregon removed as agency vows to crackdown on troubled facilities
State lawmakers debate bill that would crack down on fake service animals
Half of post-9/11 vets aren’t getting needed mental health care
Death of Air Force veteran with PTSD inspires ‘Green Alert’ movement
VA Announces Leadership Changes at Roseburg (Oregon) Medical Center
Following peacock fiasco, United Airlines tightens policy for comfort animals
The emotional support peacock didn’t fly, now Washington could follow suit with fines


Mental Health:
Military veterans defy Jeff Sessions, fight for medical marijuana to kick opioid addiction
Meet the Army vet taking on Sessions over medical marijuana
Why Won’t Anxiety Go Away?
Jose Belen, Combat Veteran Suing Jeff Sessions: How The Cannabis Industry Can Serve Veterans
Rick Perry’s concern for veterans sparks effort to reshape nation’s healthcare
Veteran overcomes obstacles, begins emotional healing



International Incidents:
Why Some Marines Fear Afghan Allies More Than the Taliban
How ‘Fat Leonard’ infiltrated the US Navy’s floating headquarters in Asia
Osprey squadron commander fired months after deadly crash off Australia

Marine general chastised for unlawful influence in hazing case
One-Star Marine General Suspended
Four-Star Addresses Report Complaints of Sexual Harassment Ignored
Two women claim Marines didn’t take their sexual harassment complaints seriously: Report
Military leaders dispute accusations of lax punishment for senior officers
Generals ‘Getting Hammered’ With Whistleblower Complaints, IG Says
New commander named at Scott Air Force Base after ouster of colonel accused of sexual misconduct

Other Injustices:
It’s official: DoD releases new ‘deploy or get out’ policy
Pentagon’s New Deploy-or-Out Policy Could Separate Up to 286K
The DoD Plans On Forcing Out Injured And Wounded Troops Who Are Unable To Deploy
Corps Affirms Full Exoneration for MARSOC Unit Rocked by Scandal

Military Policy:
Pentagon: Air Force Academy out of compliance on sexual assault
Low Recruit Discipline Prompts Army to Redesign Basic Training
Kids Used As Weapons by Vindictive Exes
7 Facts About Child Abuse and Prevention – Very Real | Oxygen
US Army Going Old School With Training After Too Many Recruits Act “Entitled”
FBI: Famous But Ineffective
We All Live on Campus Now
In 2018, let’s fight for due process
‘Listen and believe’ actually hurts rape victims in the long run
Since #MeToo, the Number of Men Who Are Uncomfortable Mentoring Women Has Tripled
‘Continuum Of Harm’: The Military Has Been Fighting Sexual Assault In Its Ranks For Decades, But Women Say It’s Still Happening
DoD: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) Reports
Deploy or get out: New Pentagon plan could boot thousands of non-deployable troops
Sexual Assault Risks In The US Military: Deployed Vs. Non-Deployed Service Women
Soldier of the Year’s suicide-prevention app logs more than 2,600 connections
The #MeToo Movement Will Rock The DoD, Whether The Pentagon Is Ready Or Not
“Ashanti Alert”: Virginia lawmakers weighing new alert system for abducted adults
Military bullies beware — new policy means marks on records



Former Army Doctor Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald Convicted of Homicide of Wife Colette & Two Daughters; Sentenced to Life in Prison, North Carolina (August 29, 1979)
Navy Spouse Susan Russo Hired Drug Addicted Hitmen for $100 to Murder Husband David for the Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance (July 14, 1994)
Navy Veteran Matthew Blankswade Shot & Killed Jeffrey Brisebois in Hawaii; Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder, Sentenced to 37 Years in Prison (June 26, 2000)
Navy Veteran Chris Ingraham Shot and Killed by Girlfriend While Sleeping; Katrina Bridges Sentenced to 47 Years in Prison (January 3, 2001)
Navy Sailor Nicholas Cox Shot to Death While Home on Leave in Louisiana; Alan James Convicted of Murder, Sentenced to Life in Prison (November 24, 2001)
Vietnam Veteran Drexelle McBride Shot to Death in Vehicle; Alisha Disotell Convicted of Manslaughter, Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison (July 15, 2002)
Air Force Veteran John Ray Murdered in Georgia Home; 9 Years Later, Torico Jackson Convicted & Sentenced to Life in Prison, No Parole (May 16, 2004)
Navy Reservist Paul Berkley Murdered by Wife Monique in North Carolina while Home on Leave from Middle East, SGLI was the Motive (December 18, 2005)
Did the Army do enough to prevent soldier’s death? (February 6, 2007)
Air Force SSgt. Brian Spinks Stabbed to Death by Jealous Girlfriend; Kimethia Coleman Sentenced to Life, No Parole (January 17, 2010)
Army Veteran Samuel Wiggins, Jr Stabbed to Death by Girlfriend; Carmen Montelongo Sentenced to 26 Years to Life in Prison (May 29, 2011)
Shannon O’Roark Murdered Estranged Husband’s Mistress Veterans Affairs Psychiatrist Dr. Irina Puscariu; Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison (January 13, 2012)
Honoring The Five Dallas Police Officers Murdered by Micah Johnson, US Army Reserve Veteran (July 7, 2016)
A Month in Review: In the News on Military Justice for All (January 2018)

On This Day:
First U.S. Air Force plane crashes in South Vietnam (February 2, 1962)
Air Force Captain Ronald Ball Shot & Killed Michael Faast, Exercised Right to Remain Silent, Plead Temporary Insanity, Found Guilty But Insane (February 16, 1979)
Air Force Sgt. Joseph Snodgrass Hired Hitmen to Kill Wife at Clark AFB in Philippines for $400,000 Life Insurance Payout; Sentenced to Life in Prison (February 26, 1991)
Army Veteran Doug Gissendaner Murdered for the Marital Home & Life Insurance, Wife Kelly Sentenced to Death for Murder & Executed in Georgia (February 7, 1997)
Marine jet severs ski-lift cable in Italy (February 3, 1998)
Navy Petty Officer James Kuenn Convicted of the Cold Case Murder of Carol Hutto in Florida; Sentenced to Life, Possibility of Parole After 25 Years (February 9, 2000)
U.S. sub collides with Japanese fishing boat in Pearl Harbor (February 9, 2001)
Air Force SSgt Shelby Orelup Murdered by an Airman She Dated Briefly, SSgt Phillip Arindain Sentenced to Life in Prison (February 28, 2003)
Army Veteran Gregg Whitmore and Girlfriend Karen Cummings Stabbed to Death in Home; Ex-Wife Shana Parkinson Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison (February 1, 2004)
Army Veteran Nicholas Michael Jean Murdered Susana De Jesus After a Carjacking; Discharged From Military Two Weeks Prior for Violence Issues (February 2, 2009)
Marine Corps Veteran Carri Goodwin Died from Alcohol Poisoning in Ohio Only a Few Days After Discharged from Service (February 28, 2009)
Investigation Reveals Retired Marine Daniel Vandecar Not Involved in Schutzler Homicide; Mother Rosemary Guilty, Sentenced to Life (February 8, 2010)
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Caughman Died of a Non Combat-Related Injury in Kuwait (February 15, 2010)
Army CWO2 Billie Grinder Died of a Non Combat-Related Accident in Qayyarah, Iraq (February 21, 2010)
Air Force Reservist Travis McGraw Murdered his Wife Vanessa for the $100,000 Life Insurance Policy; Sentenced to Life, No Parole (February 19, 2011)
The Kill Team: The Army Drops Charges Against Spc. Michael Wagnon in Afghan Civilian Murder Case (February 3, 2012)
Texas sets aside Chris Kyle Day in honor of American sniper (February 2, 2013)
Lackland Basic Military Training Instructor, SSgt Craig LeBlanc, Sentenced to 2 1/2 Years in Prison for Unprofessional Relationships, Adultery (February 11, 2013)
Army Soldier Kimberly Walker Murdered in Colorado Hotel Room by her Boyfriend Army Soldier Montrell Mayo After Valentine’s Day Quarrel (February 14, 2013)
Army Veteran & Pastor Donald Jung Arrested & Charged with Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child in Illinois; Pleaded Not Guilty (February 23, 2013)
Disabled WWII Army Veteran Richard Englander Murdered by Live-In Caregiver Sara Moore in New York 5 Days After Move In Date, Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Prison (February 6, 2014)
Army Sgt. Okan Cetinbag Found Dead at Home With Gunshot Wound to Face on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska; Mother Wants Answers (February 11, 2014)
Air Force SrA Katrina Jackson Died of Apparent Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound at Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson (February 15, 2014)
New Hampshire Air National Guardsman MSgt. David Poirier Died of Non-Combat Related Incident in Southwest Asia; Death Ruled Heart Attack (February 28, 2014)
Army Veteran Ashley Pullen First Dishonorably Discharged from the Military for Sexual Assault; Then Sentenced to Life in Prison in Oklahoma for Multiple Rapes with Narcotic Agent (February 5, 2015)
Fort Carson Army Soldier SSG Justin Holt Died After Stryker Armored Vehicle Tumbled 250 Feet Off Cliff at Training Range in Colorado (February 6, 2015)
Air Force Reserve Captain Jamie Brunette Committed Suicide After What Parents Allege May Have Been an Unreported Sexual Assault in Afghanistan (February 9, 2015)
Fort Bragg Army Green Beret WO1 Shawn Thomas Died in a Vehicle Accident on a Routine Drive Between Outposts in Niger, Africa (February 2, 2017)
Fort Hood Army CID Special Agent Steven Hines Found Dead Behind Office Building of Apparent Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound, Death Ruled Suicide (February 5, 2017)
Fort Hood Army Staff Sgt. Christie Anderson Found Dead at Off-Post Residence in Killeen, Texas (February 6, 2017)
Army Soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas Are Dying at Alarming Rates Stateside (February 13, 2017)
Fort Hood Army Pfc. Brian Odiorne Died from a Non-Combat Related Incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq; CID Ruled Death Suicide (February 20, 2017)
Massachusetts School of Law Interviews Veteran Jennifer Norris About Violent Crime in the Military & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (February 25, 2017)



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FACING EVIL PODCAST – Ep 3 – Jennifer Reali | Investigation Discovery
FACING EVIL | Love Before Life | S1E3 | Investigation Discovery
Former FBI profiler on the psychology of a sexual serial killer | 48 Hours
Captain Phillips | Sony Pictures
Perfect Wife Plots To Have Husband Killed For Money | Deadly Women
Sneak peek: Rodney Alcala – The Killing Game | 48 Hours
Looking for Love | Murder Chose Me | Investigation Discovery (YouTube)
Looking for Love | Murder Chose Me | Investigation Discovery
Warm Revolver | Detective | Investigation Discovery
Message from the Grave | Detective | Investigation Discovery
Chain of Command | National Geographic
Missing: Rogest Cain | Unsolved Mysteries
Missing Time: Robert Matthews | Unsolved Mysteries
Melvin & Daniel Nellis | Unsolved Mysteries (solved)
Bring My Baby Home | Homicide Hunter: Joe Kenda
Heroes-turned-actors: 3 stars of ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ talk about their roles of a lifetime
Thank You For Your Service


Coast Guard looking for man suspected of making 8 false maydays in California
How about you join the Army if you want to shoot guns
A Gun-Control Measure Conservatives Should Consider
Man indicted in sex trafficking sting after arranged meeting near Quantico
DVIDS: Who We Are What We’ve Done
USAF Gen. Mark Welsh responds after being seen on dating site for Trump supporters
Coast Guard helicopter makes emergency landing in Golden Gate Park
The Long-suppressed Korean War Report on U.S. Use of Biological Weapons Released At Last
Military, FBI, and ICE Are Customers of Controversial ‘Stalkerware’
Former Army Officer Calls for Ban on Assault Weapons ‘Meant to Kill Other Human Beings’
About 500 Air Cav soldiers from Fort Hood to deploy to Middle East
Every Person Has a Story: Vet says God intervened during ‘suicide mission’
Four-star general reacts to teacher’s anti-military rant
Are Military Members “The Lowest of Our Low”?
A soldier reunites with girl he rescued
Save Our Heroes’ Project has Experienced a Delay in Launching our New Website
Student faces expulsion after publishing evidence-free list of alleged campus sexual assaulters
US vet who stopped armed robbery in Germany helps convict perpetrator
Former Florida football player convicted of $20 million Tricare fraud conspiracy
Man poses as Army Lt. Gen., goes to classified briefing and orders helicopter ride


Related Links:
A Month in Review: In the News on Military Justice for All (November 2017)
A Month in Review: In the News on Military Justice for All (December 2017)
A Month in Review: In the News on Military Justice for All (January 2018)
A Month in Review: In the News on Military Justice for All (February 2018)
A Month in Review: In the News on Military Justice for All (March 2018)

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