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March 19, 2014 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated and corrected, as indicated below.
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair broke down in tears Wednesday at his sentencing hearing, asking the judge to allow him to retire at a reduced rank instead of dismissing him from the Army, which would deprive him of military benefits and "punish" his family for his adulterous affair with an captain. "I have squandered a fortune of life's blessings, blessings of family, work and friendship," the one-star general said in court. "I have put myself and [the] Army in this position with my selfish, self-destructive and hurtful acts.
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May 18, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
A soldier accused of gunning down five fellow soldiers at a mental health clinic in Iraq after reportedly being harshly admonished and laughed at by Army psychologists has been ordered to face a court-martial on charges of premeditated murder and could face the death penalty, the Army announced Friday. The recommendation to refer Sgt. John Russell on capital charges overturns the recommendation of the investigating officer who initially heard his case - the chief judge of the Guantanamo Bay war crimes court.
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June 27, 1990 | Times Wire Services
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.
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June 2, 1985 | From Reuters
The ringleader of an abortive attempt to topple the Kenyan government in August, 1982, Friday lost his appeal against the death sentence. Justice William Mbaya, dismissing the appeal by former Senior Private Hezekiah Ochukah, said the court found overwhelming evidence to sustain Ochuka's conviction by a court-martial. Ochukah was sentenced to death for heading an attempt by junior airmen to overthrow President Daniel Arap Moi. The army crushed the insurrection.
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June 27, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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March 23, 2012 | This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is expected to be charged Friday with 17 counts of murder in connection with a March 11 overnight rampage in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan. Here is a primer on the military's investigative process and the charges. Q: Who investigated Bales?  A: Each branch of the service has its own internal “police force,” and for the Army it is the Criminal Investigation Command. These Army detectives, who generally serve with the accused soldier's same command, began interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence and preparing a report about the shootings for Army prosecutors for the possible filing of charges that could lead to his military court-martial.
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February 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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