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Military court throws out a sentence for Navy SEAL convicted in the death of Green Beret | Stars and Stripes

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DeDolph, a decorated former elite  SEAL Team 6 member, admitted his responsibility for Melgar’s death and chose to have a military jury determine his sentence.

A Navy SEAL who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy in the 2017 death of a Green Beret who he choked during a drunken hazing incident in Mali this week had his sentence overturned by a military appeals panel. Chief Petty Officer Tony DeDolph’s January 2021 punishment of 10 years in prison, a rank reduction to E-1, and a dishonorable discharge for his part in the killing of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar was overturned by the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Appeals. Marine Col. Peter Houtz, a military judge, wrote in the appellate court’s decision that the prosecution failed to inform DeDolph’s attorneys that one of their key witnesses, a Marine Raider also convicted for his part in Melgar’s death, had requested the Navy to lessen his sentence after testifying against the SEAL.




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