Fort Carson Army SSG Christopher Wilbur Died of a Non Combat-Related Injury in Kandahar, Afghanistan (August 12, 2016)

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SSG Christopher Wilbur, US Army

SSG Christopher Wilbur, US Army, died of a non combat related injury in Kandahar, Afghanistan on August 12, 2016. SSG Wilbur was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel on behalf of the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Fort Carson, Colorado. According to the Department of Defense, the incident is under investigation.

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Fort Carson Army Soldier SSG Justin Holt Died After Stryker Armored Vehicle Tumbled 250 Feet Off Cliff at Training Range in Colorado (2015)

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SSG Justin Holt, US Army

Fort Carson Army soldier, SSG Justine Holt, 31, was killed in a rollover accident at a post training area on February 6, 2015 in Colorado. Base officials said five others were also injured when the Stryker fighting vehicle turned over. Investigators said the Army vehicle took the wrong road in the dark and was making a U-turn when it tumbled 250 feet off a cliff at the training range. According to the Army, the crash caused $2.6 million dollars worth of damage to the Stryker. The Army also reported that no one was disciplined after the crash.

Documents released to the AP this week said Holt had an unspecified medical condition, that he suffered shoulder pain and he wasn’t sleeping well. But a captain cleared him to participate in the exercise against the advice of a physician assistant and a squadron commander, the report said. The report didn’t say whether Holt’s condition was a factor in his death or the crash. –The Denver Post

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This video was taken at SSG Justin Lee Holt’s memorial service held at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. -Darla Davidson

Fort Carson Army Officer Aaron Lucas Sentenced to 20 Years to Life for Child Sex Crimes, Accused of Preying on Children in Military Uniform (2012)

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Aaron Lucas, US Army

“Our daughter was taught to trust the uniform.” -Retired Chief Navy Petty Officer

DNA evidence linked Army officer 1st Lt. Aaron Lucas to a string of child sex crimes in three states: Colorado, Alabama, and Texas. Aaron Lucas was a 4th Infantry Division Army artillery officer stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. He is married with two children. According to reports, Lucas had a glowing resume and received countless awards including the Bronze Star after a deployment to Afghanistan. On October 23, 2012 Aaron Lucas was arrested by Colorado civilian authorities and accused of indecent exposure, kidnapping, and rape of children during the 2009-2012 time frame. He was also accused of committing child sex crimes in Alabama in 2007 and Texas in 2009. 1st Lt. Lucas was charged with 20 counts of sexual abuse in Colorado. It appears that Lucas preyed on and targeted children in the nearby communities while stationed at Fort Carson. Some he kidnapped and raped. Investigators also noted that Lucas was linked to 11 attempted abductions in Colorado and all the crime appeared to cease when he was deployed to Afghanistan. Victim testimony revealed that Lucas attacked most of his victims while in military uniform. Aaron Lucas has an identical twin brother Brian whose DNA is a near identical match to his. Therefore Aaron attempted to use the ‘evil twin defense’ and blamed the crimes on his brother who was also accused of committing his own list of crimes. Although investigators concluded that there was no evidence uncovered to link Brian Lucas to the crimes as he wasn’t even in the same states where the crimes occurred. In November 2013, Aaron Lucas dropped the ‘evil twin defense’ and pleaded guilty to the crimes prior to the trial because he loved his family and didn’t want to put them through it. He also begged the judge to get him treatment. The defense noted that it is difficult to argue someone else committed the crimes when you can’t put the person at the scene of the crime. Prosecutors argued that treatment does not work for someone who repeatedly and deliberately makes the decision to prey on children. Aaron Lucas was sentenced to 20 years to life. In his defense, Aaron’s father claims his son is a hero and that combat stress prompted the crimes. According to his father, Lucas is also a victim of sexual assault. In other news, Brian Lucas was convicted of sodomy and sexual abuse charges in February 2015 in Alabama.

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SSG Thaddeus Montgomery II, US Army, Died of a Non Combat-Related Incident at Korengal Outpost, Afghanistan (2010)

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SSG Thaddeus Montgomery II, US Army

SSG Thaddeus Montgomery II, 29, US Army, died of a non combat related incident on January 20, 2010 at Korengal Outpost, Afghanistan. SSG Montgomery was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom on behalf of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado. According to the Department of Defense, the circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

“Killed in what Army officials have said was a noncombat-related shooting in Afghanistan. Exactly how former Decatur, Ala., resident Thaddeus S. Montgomery was shot to death in Afghanistan remains unclear, with the Army saying it is continuing to investigate and classifying Montgomery’s death as a noncombat-related incident.” -AL.com

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Pfc Gifford Hurt, US Army, Died of a Non Combat Related Accident in Mosul, Iraq (2010)

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Pfc Gifford Hurt, US Army

Pfc. Gifford E. Hurt, Jr., 19, US Army, died of a non combat related accident on January 20, 2010 in Mosul, Iraq. Pfc. Hurt was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on behalf of the 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment, 214th Fires Brigade, 4th Infantry Division in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. According to the Department of Defense, the circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

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US Army Soldier Robert Marko Convicted of the Rape & Murder of Disabled Civilian Teen Judilianna Lawrence in Colorado (2008)

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Robert Marko, US Army

On October 10, 2008 Judilianna Lawrence, 19, was reported missing. On October 13 the body of Judilianna was discovered after Robert Marko led the police to her.  After an investigation, it was learned that US Army soldier Robert Marko of Fort Carson lured the disabled teen on MySpace, raped, and murdered her. He was also accused of raping another teenager and threatening to kill her five days earlier. Marko was convicted of the rape and first degree murder of Judilianna in 2011 and sentenced to life without parole.

Learn more: Violent Crime, Suicide & Non Combat Death at Fort Carson, Colorado (US Army)

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