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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on April 22nd, 2013 at 2:27 am

USFK Court Martial Results for March 2013

Below is the latest court martial and ROK criminal prosecution results for the month of March 2013.  In the first court martial the Master Sergeant got off really light for committing adultery with only a $1,000 fine while the Sergeant court martialed for an inappropriate relationship got hammered much harder.  Then there is a “PX Ranger” that got court martialed and received heavier punishment than the guy who committed adultery.  It just goes to show that punishment with the UCMJ varies widely based on ones rank and track record. What I found amazing was that the PX Ranger was a Master Sergeant!  How in the world did that guy think he was going to get away with that?  I wonder how long he had been wearing all those false badges?

In the ROK criminal prosecutions there was yet another DUI and two more drug convictions.  I am just surprised by how light the drug criminals get off in Korean courts.

Results of Army Courts-Martial in Korea for March 2013

At a Summary Court-Martial on 6 March 2013, Master Sergeant Ronnie W. Wallett, A Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division, was convicted of one specification of violating a general regulation for wrongfully engaging in a prohibited relationship with Corporal R.A.W., in violation of Article 92, UCMJ, two specifications of making a false official statement, in violation of Article 107, UCMJ, one specification of adultery, in violation of Article 134, UCMJ, one specification of wrongful cohabitation, in violation of Article 134, UCMJ, two specifications of obstructing justice, in violation of Article 134, UCMJ, and one specification of willful disobedience of a superior commissioned officer, in violation of Article 90, UCMJ.  He was sentenced to forfeiture of $1,000 pay.

At a Summary Court-Martial on 7 March 2013, SSG Luther E. Caldwell, D Company, 4-2 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 2d Combat Aviation Brigade, was found guilty of one specification of cruelty and maltreatment, in violation of Article 93, UCMJ; one specification of false official statement, in violation of Article 107, UCMJ; one specification of abusive sexual contact, in violation of Article 120, UCMJ.  He was sentenced to reduction to E-5 and two months restriction.

At a Summary Court-Martial on 14 March 2013, SGT Tracy Varwig, 19th Personnel Company, 501st STB, 501st SBDE, 19th ESC, APO AP 96205, was found guilty of two specifications of Article 92 for inappropriate relationship and barracks policy violation.  She was found not guilty of three specifications of assault and one specification of drunk and disorderly. She was sentenced to, reduction to the grade of E-4, 30 days restriction. Clemency granted for 15 days restriction.

At a Summary Court-Martial on 18 March 2013, MSG Casey Covington from HHC, 19th ESC was found guilty of one specification of false official statement, to wit:  lying about being Ranger qualified in order to have it added to the ERB; guilty of three specifications of wrongful wearing of badges and insignia, to wit:  wearing the Ranger, Jumpmaster, and Pathfinder badge on the Army Service Uniform; and guilty of one specification of solicitation, to wit:  solicit an NCO to falsify his ERB by requesting the Jumpmaster course be added to his ERB.  The MSG was sentenced to forfeiture of $2,979.00.

At a General Court-Martial from 28-29 March 2013, SSG Ian W. Curtis, Operations Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, Eighth Army, APO AP 96205, was found guilty of one specification of larceny under Article 121, UCMJ; and one specification fraud against the United States under Article 132, UCMJ.  He was found not guilty of two specifications of larceny under Article 121, UCMJ.  On 22 March 2013, SSG Curtis entered a plea of guilty for one specification of making a false official statement under Article 107, UCMJ.  He was sentenced to a Bad-Conduct Discharge and reduction to E-1.

 

Results of ROK Criminal Prosecutions for March 2013

In Seongnam Branch of Suwon District Court on 4 March 2013, Colonel David A. Danikowski, 3d BCD-K, Osan Air Base, was convicted of DUI.  His adjudged sentence was a 1,500,000 Won fine.

In Uijeongbu District Court on 20 March 2013, PFC Chess C. Maxwell, B Btry, 1/15th FA, USAG-Casey, was convicted of a violation of the Act on the Aggravated Punishment, etc. of Specific Crimes (Assaulting a Driver in Motion), and Destruction and Damage of Public Property.  His adjudged sentence was imprisonment for 10 months, suspended for 2 years.

In Uijeongbu District Court on 20 March 2013, SPC Justin M. Dillard, E Btry, 6/52d ADA, USAG Casey, was convicted of Violations of the Act on the Control of Narcotics, etc. (Psychotropic Drug).  His adjudged sentence was imprisonment for 2-1/2 years, suspended for 3 years and ordered to pay a civil assessment in the amount of 222,000 Won.

In Uijeongbu District Court on 20 March 2013, SPC Justin S. Williams, E Btry, 6/52d ADA, USAG Casey, was convicted of Violations of the Act on the Control of Narcotics, etc. (Psychotropic Drug).  His adjudged sentence was imprisonment for 2-1/2 years, suspended for 3 years and ordered to pay a civil assessment in the amount of 222,000 Won.

In Suwon District Court on 28 March 2013, SSG Shannon K. Walker, HSC, 602d ASB, USAG Humphreys, was convicted of DUI and Violation of the Act on the Aggravated Punishment, etc. of Specific Crimes (Hit and Run Vehicle).  His adjudged sentence was a 10,000,000 Won fine.

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  • CurfewViolator
    3:53 am on April 22nd, 2013 1

    Holy crap. COL Dano got popped? I remember when he was the DIVARTY S-3 and 6-37 Commander. Really surprised by that as he seemed such a straight shooter.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    4:05 am on April 22nd, 2013 2

    I think that is the first time I have seen an O6 pop up for anything in the ROK courts. Does anyone know of any other O6′s or higher that have been through the ROK courts?

  • Ole Tanker
    6:03 am on April 22nd, 2013 3

    Looks like a setup to me. I bet the Colonel was drinking with “friends” and someone made a call to the cops.

  • setnaffa
    7:37 am on April 22nd, 2013 4

    One would think a Colonel might know better… setup or not…

  • 2ID Doc
    6:37 pm on April 22nd, 2013 5

    I thought most Colonels had duty drivers? Yeah right no duty driver has ever gone to to pick up the commander because he was too drunk to walk, let alone drive…

  • Avatar of Leon LaPorteLeon LaPorte
    7:05 pm on April 22nd, 2013 6

    In the ROK criminal prosecutions there was yet another DUI and two more drug convictions. I am just surprised by how light the drug criminals get off in Korean courts.

    Perhaps it is not that drug law offenders get off too light in Korea; perhaps it is, comparatively, they are punished too harshly in the US. The for profit prison corporations constantly lobby for longer sentences and zero tolerance.

    BREAK

    If past USFK reactions are anything to go on, it looks like we will have to re-look the POV policy for 0-6′s. Perhaps they should be locked down on post, required to have a battle buddy at all times, and receive some extra training.

  • guitard
    10:10 pm on April 23rd, 2013 7

    It just goes to show that punishment with the UCMJ varies widely based on ones rank and track record.

    I think the biggest variable is the commander meting out the punishment.

  • Number One Fan
    9:10 am on May 11th, 2013 8

    The good COL and family was on my flight out of the ROK. Dismayed at the pat on the wrist.

    Guess the Army’s stance viz a vie the Eighth Army CDR is that a DUI isn’t bad enough to drop a Soldier in rank. What a message this sends to junior leaders with a duty to ensure discipline within their ranks.

 

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