Commander fined $300K, no jail time yet Numerous reports for the sentencing in the court-martial of the former 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team commander, COL James Johnson. Johnson will avoid jail time if he can pay a $300,000 fine levied by the court-martial. Johnson was charged in connection with a bigamous affair he had with an Iraqi woman that he married stateside before his divorce was final. The former commander was also alleged to have submitted fraudulent travel invoices and awarded a cultural advisor contract to his mistress’ father in Iraq. Coverage here (FayObeserver), here (S&S), and here (older story on the investigation from FayObserver).
LWOP for Iraq Shooting SPC Neftaly Platero was convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to Life WIthout Parole on Wednesday in the killing of his two roommates while stationed at Camp Fallujah, Iraq. LWOP was the most severe sentence available because the case was not referred capitally. Coverage of the guilty verdict here (NY Daily News) and sentencing here (AP via St. Louis Post-Dispatch). Our prior coverage here and here.