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Special and General Courts-Martial for April 2017

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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The following reports the results of Special and General Courts-Martial tried and completed within the United States Navy in April 2017. The cases are listed by the Navy Region in which they were tried.

Naval District Washington

General Court-Martial

*    At a General Court-Martial in Washington, D.C., a Petty Officer 3rd Class was tried for one specification of aggravated assault, four specifications of assault consummated by battery, and one specification of destruction of non-military property. On April 4, 2017, the military judge returned a verdict of not guilty.

Special Court-Martial

*    None.

Navy Region Mid-Atlantic

General Court-Martial

*    At a General Court-Martial in Norfolk, Virginia, Lt. j.g. Willie C. Jeter, Jr., USN, was tried for numerous offenses. On April 15, 2017, the panel of members returned a verdict of guilty to one specification of sexual harassment, one specification of driving a vehicle while intoxicated, two specifications of sexual assault, one specification of extortion, one specification of burglary, two specifications of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, one specification of communicating a threat, and one specification of unlawful entry and sentenced him to be Dismissed from the Service and to confinement for 20 years.

*    At a General Court-Martial in Norfolk, Virginia, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jordan L. Adams, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification each of aggravated sexual assault of a child, abusive sexual contact, indecent filming, and production of child pornography. On April 20, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Dishonorable Discharge and to confinement for 27 years. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than 10 years is to be suspended. The court-martial sentence will run concurrently with his federal sentence for production of child pornography. The suspended confinement may be served if the service member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement. 

*    At a General Court-Martial in Norfolk, Virginia, Petty Officer 1st Class Jason J. Dangerfield, USN, was tried for numerous offenses. On April 28, 2017, a panel of members returned a verdict of guilty to one specification of obstruction of justice and sentenced him to forfeit $1925 per month for 2 months and to 45 days restriction. 

Special Court-Martial

*    At a Special Court-Martial in Norfolk, Virginia, Airman Kurt F. Saavedra, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification each of wrongful use of a controlled substance, wrongful possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, wrongful distribution of a controlled substance, and wrongful introduction of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. On April 17, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, to reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and to confinement for 10 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, the Bad Conduct Discharge and all confinement greater than 9 months is to be suspended pending Saavedra's administrative separation. The suspended confinement may be served if the service member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement. 

*    At a Special Court-Martial in Norfolk, Virginia, Seaman Apprentice Chirag H. Patel, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of aggravated sexual contact. On April 21, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Dishonorable Discharge, to forfeit all pay and allowances, to reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and to confinement for 3 years. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, confinement greater than 15 months is to be suspended. The suspended confinement may be served if the service member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement. 

Navy Region Southeast 

General Courts-Martial

*    At a General Court-Martial in Pensacola, Florida, Hospitalman Shawn E. Gibson, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of assault consummated by battery. On April 25, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to forfeit $1000 per month for 1 month, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and confinement for 45 days. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence. 

Special Courts-Martial

*    None.


Navy Region Northwest

General Court-Martial

*    At a General Court-Martial in Bremerton, Washington, Chief Petty Officer Eric N. Sandoval, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to two specifications of rape of a child, two specifications of sexual abuse of a child, and one specification each of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and sexual assault of a child. On April 18, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Dishonorable Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and to confinement for 45 years. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than 31 years is to be suspended if he completes the Sex Offender Treatment Program. The suspended confinement may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement. 

Special Court-Martial

*    At a Special Court-Martial in Everett, Washington, Petty Officer 1st Class Kathleen R. Lambrix, USN, was tried for one specification each of dereliction of duty and making a false official statement. On April 5, 2017, the panel of members returned a verdict of guilty and sentenced her to a reprimand, to forfeit $1200 per month for 6 months, to reduction in rank to paygrade E-3, and to confinement for 30 days. 

*    At a Special Court-Martial in Bremerton, Washington, Seaman James T. Adams, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to two specifications of wrongful use of a controlled substance. On April 7, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to reduction in rank to paygrade E-2 and to confinement for 60 days. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than time served (14 days) is to be suspended. The suspended confinement may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement. 

*    At a Special Court-Martial in Bremerton, Washington, Airman Timothy N. Jensen, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of discharging a firearm through negligence. On April 14, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to a reprimand, to reduction in rank to paygrade E-1 and confinement for 30 days. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

*    At a Special Court-Martial in Bremerton, Washington, Airman Austin T. Sutton, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of wrongful distribution of a controlled substance. On April 14, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, to reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and to confinement for 4 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than 30 days is to be suspended. The suspended confinement may be served if the service member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement. 

*    At a Special Court-Martial in Bremerton, Washington, Airman Bryan D. Mellenthin, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification each of unauthorized absence and wrongfully dumping trash out of a vehicle. On April 19, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to reduction in rank to paygrade E-1 and to confinement for 149 days. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

*    At a Special Court-Martial in Bremerton, Washington, Pfc. Brandon T. Barnes, USMC, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to two specifications of making a false official statement, and one specification each of wrongful use of a controlled substance, failure to obey a lawful regulation, and consuming alcohol underage. On April 20, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to reduction in rank to paygrade E-1 and to confinement for 150 days. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than 120 days is to be suspended. The suspended confinement may be served if the service member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement. 

*    At a Special Court-Martial in Bremerton, Washington, Airman Apprentice Salvador D. Garza, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of making a false official statement, and two specifications of wrongful possession and introduction of a controlled substance. On April 27, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to reduction in rank to paygrade E-1 and to confinement for 60 days. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

Navy Region Southwest 

General Court-Martial

*    At a General Court-Martial in San Diego, Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex J. Werner, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of rape of a child and four specifications of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. On April 4, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Dishonorable Discharge, to forfeit all pay and allowances, to reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and to confinement for 26 years. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement all confinement greater than 17 years is to be suspended. The suspended confinement may be served if the service member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement. 

Special Court-Martial

*    At a Special Court-Martial in San Diego, Airman Kristopher A. Scrivens, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of conspiracy and three specifications of wrongful introduction of a controlled substance. On April 7, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to reduction in rank to paygrade E-1 and to confinement for 7 months. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence. 

*    At a Special Court-Martial in San Diego, Seaman Caleb C. Soto, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to four specifications of wrongful use of a controlled substance and one specification of wrongful introduction of a controlled substance. On April 10, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, to reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and to a period of confinement equivalent to time served (61 days). The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

*    At a Special Court-Martial in San Diego, Seaman Apprentice Laurisa R. Sylla, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification each of conspiracy, introduction with intent to distribute a controlled substance, obstruction of justice, and violating restriction orders. On April 14, 2017, the military judge sentenced her to forfeit $1195 per month for 1 month, to reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and to confinement for 90 days. The pretrial agreement had no effect on her sentence.

Navy Region Hawaii

General Court-Martial

*    At a General Court-Martial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Senior Chief Petty Officer Steven R. Stachowicz, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of possession of child pornography. On April 6, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Dishonorable Discharge, to forfeit of all pay and allowances, to reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and to confinement for 10 years. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than 4 years is to be suspended. The suspended confinement may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement. 

Special Court-Martial

*    At a Special Court-Martial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Petty Officer 3rd Class Logan J. Seidl, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification each of assault consummated by a battery, attempted assault consummated by a battery, and false official statement. On April 27, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to reduction in rank to paygrade E-3 and to confinement for 89 days. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than 30 days is to be suspended. The suspended confinement may be served if the service member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement. 

Navy Region Japan

General Court-Martial

*    None.

Special Court-Martial

*    None.

Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia

General Court-Martial

*    None. 

Special Court-Martial

*    None. 

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