SEAL sentenced for Green Beret's death in 2017

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar Green Beret, who died from non-combat related injuries in Mali in June 2017. Navy SEAL Adam Matthews, one of four U.S. servicemen charged in the death of Melgar, pleaded guilty Thursday, May 16, 2019, to hazing, assault and other charges. But a murder charge was dropped. (U.S. Army via AP)
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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A U.S. Navy SEAL has been sentenced to a year in military prison for his role in the 2017 strangulation of a U.S. Army Green Beret in Africa.

Military Judge Capt. Michael Luken sentenced Adam Matthews after a special court-martial hearing at a Navy base in Virginia on Thursday.

Matthews was one of four American service members charged with murder and other crimes in the hazing-related death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar in Mali.

Matthews reached a plea deal in which the murder charge was dropped in exchange for his cooperation and testimony against another SEAL and two Marines.

He still faces the possibility of losing his veterans benefits.



 
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