June 2, 1985 |
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.
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.
March 23, 2012 |
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.
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.