June 27, 1990 |
A soldier was convicted in a court-martial of murdering a Panamanian civilian while in Panama City in January with U.S. invasion forces. Army Pfc. Mark McMonagle, 20, of Philadelphia, was convicted of murder in causing the death of Leila Diaz de Panay, 50, who was struck by bullets in her home Jan. 25. The bullets were fired while McMonagle was helping stage a fake fire fight in order to cover the fact that co-defendant Sgt. Paul Finsel had lost his Army pistol in a nearby brothel.
February 12, 1998 |
Sgt. Maj. Gene C. McKinney's chief accuser acknowledged that she omitted from her original complaint one of her most sensational charges: that he made a raunchy come-on and promised to make her "plenty happy." McKinney, 47, the Army's former top-ranking enlisted soldier, is accused of sexually harassing, assaulting or threatening six women. Staff Sgt.
February 25, 1998 |
The wife of Sgt. Maj. Gene C. McKinney testified in her husband's court-martial at Ft. Belvoir on 19 sexual-misconduct charges, expressing disbelief at accusations by six military women. "That's not my husband," Wilhelmina McKinney said when asked about allegations that McKinney committed acts ranging from indecent assault and adultery to obstructing justice. She said her husband told her of the accusations in February 1996 when they were first made public by Sgt. Maj. Brenda Hoster.
November 10, 1998 |
A Marine pilot whose jet severed lift cables at an Italian ski resort, killing 20 people, will face a second court-martial on obstruction of justice charges, a military judge said Monday. Capt. Richard J. Ashby, 30, of Mission Viejo will stand trial on March 15 for allegedly hiding and conspiring to destroy a videotape of the tragic flight last February, a military judge said after a brief hearing at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina. Ashby faces a separate court-martial Feb.
April 7, 1997 |
The Army dropped its allegation that a female trainee lied about having sex with an instructor. The Army said the charge against Pvt. Toni Moreland wasn't a priority and officials didn't want to bring in an out-of-town witness. Moreland, 21, pleaded guilty to other minor charges at a low-level summary court-martial. She was sentenced to 16 days in prison and fined $300.
April 16, 2001 |
The captain of the U.S. submarine that collided with a Japanese fishing trawler has changed his mind on the politically sensitive issue of whether the presence of civilians on the sub contributed to the deadly crash. Cmdr. Scott Waddle, after constantly reviewing details of the Feb. 9 collision, now believes the presence of 16 civilians in the crowded control room broke the crew's concentration at a critical time, said Waddle's attorney, Charles Gittins.
August 20, 1987
Government prosecutors rested their case in the espionage court-martial of Marine Sgt. Clayton J. Lonetree, and defense lawyers said they would not call any witnesses to testify. The government closed its case after seven days of testimony on charges that Lonetree gave secrets to the Soviet Union. The trial was recessed until Friday morning, at which time the defense also expects to rest its case, said a military lawyer for Lonetree.