Media reports on the court-martial conviction of Army Major Erik Burris, formerly the Chief of Justice for the 82nd Airborne Division
Thanks to reader tips, I can provide the following links to news reports of the court-martial conviction of Army Major Erik Burris, formerly the Chief of Justice for the 82nd Airborne Division.
WNCN (a North Carolina NBC affiliate) reports here that:
The court-martial of United States v. Major Erik J. Burris concluded after six days of proceedings. Burris, a former 82nd Airborne Division chief of justice, was found guilty two specifications of rape, forcible sodomy, four specifications of assault and disobeying an order from a superior commissioned officer.
The court-martial found Burris not guilty of four specifications of assault, two specifications of sexual assault, two specifications of forcible sodomy and two specifications of communicating a threat.
Burris pleaded not guilty to all charges.
He was sentenced to forfeiture of all pay and allowances, 20 years confinement and dismissal from the service.
The Fayetteville Observer (a daily newspaper) has this report, with no significant additional details. Additionally, there is this Associated Press report, also with no significant additional details.
I believe that our only prior coverage of this case was in this April 2014 post, where I noted this March 2014 report from Fox40 Sacremento that appears to include details from a press interview of Major Burris. There was also (briefly) some significant discussion of the results of the court-martial in this week’s TWIMJ post.
Thanks to all readers for the tips. I plan to update this post with any significant new developments.
Update 1: The official news release from the Fort Bragg Press Center is available here. It is identical to the WNCN report quoted above.