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Killer Sailor may get Vet Benefits
| October 4, 2010
Posted on 10/15/2010 8:00:19 PM PDT by Citizen X_Area 51
Twenty months ago, Navy Sailor Darren Mackie, 22, killed his ex-girlfriend, Navy Sailor Caitlin Elizabeth Trask, 20, with a single bullet to the back of the head.
Her parents are still waiting for the Navy to dishonorably discharge him.
(Excerpt) Read more at military.com ...
TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: homicide; killer; military; navy
There was a day when a DD would have been a no-brainer!
To: Citizen X_Area 51
hell unless there were some extremely extenuting cirumstances (ie she tried to kill him first) the navy should hang him.
posted on 10/15/2010 8:04:44 PM PDT
I'm not going to tell you how hard it is to get the adverse discharges you want on criminal sailors. The JAGs always want to upgrade the disposition to General so they won't have to deal with an appeal from the accused. I'm not talking about people that can't show up to work on time. I'm talking about people that would be guilty of felonies in the outside world.
It is always in the interest of the command to get the guy out as soon as possible, but it also benefits good order and discipline to punish the wicked. If the old man goes for a BCD or DD on a guy most of your sailors are cheering in the wings. The ones that aren't are taking note and deterrence is a good thing too.
This is probably a case of a JAG office saying, "Hey the civilians put him in jail, so why bother." Then the case gets lost in a stack of papers on the guys desk.
If this girl was on a carrier I am surprised the battlegroup commander didn't get his flag judge to pursue this issue with the killer's command.
posted on 10/15/2010 8:15:49 PM PDT
(sarcasm engaged at all times)
geez we used to see the bad conduct discharges and dishonorable discharges on people all the time back in the day
posted on 10/15/2010 9:40:58 PM PDT
(My heros have always been cowboys)
To: Citizen X_Area 51
He will get discharged when he is discharged from prison. He gets no pay or benefits during this times and his case was appealed. They all go to the Court of Military Review.
posted on 10/16/2010 1:31:06 AM PDT
Amen brother...due process is a good thing, but when it comes to military discipline/justice it has gone to far.
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