Special and General Courts-Martial for March 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 March 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., Petty Officer 2nd Class Tawana Hymes, USN was tried for multiple offenses, including one specification of abusive sexual contact. On 7 March 2016, the panel of members returned a verdict of guilty of abusive sexual contact. On 8 March 2017, the panel of members sentenced him to forfeit $400 per month for 12 months, restriction for 60 days, and 90 days hard labor without confinement.

Special Court-Martial

* None.

Navy Region Mid-Atlantic

General Court-Martial

* At a General Court-Martial in Norfolk, Virginia, Fireman James D. Inchaurregui, USN was tried for one specification of wrongful use of a controlled substance and six specifications of sexual assault. On 23 February 2017, DCFN Inchaurregui pled guilty to wrongful use of a controlled substance. On 1 March 2017, the panel of members returned a verdict of guilty to six specifications of sexual assault and sentenced him to be discharged with a Dishonorable Discharge, to forfeit all pay and allowances for six months, to a reduction in rank to paygrade seaman recruit and confinement for 10 years.

* At a General Court-Martial in Norfolk, Virginia, Chief Stephen Varanko, III, USN was tried for numerous offenses, including sexual harassment and assault consummated by a battery. On 24 March 2017, the military judge returned a verdict of guilty to one specification each of sexual harassment and assault consummated by battery, and sentenced him to reduction in rank to paygrade petty officer 1st class and confinement for 89 days.

Special Court-Martial

* At a Special Court-Martial in Norfolk, Virginia, Airman Bryan Garcengarcia, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of assault consummated by a battery. On 10 March 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade airman recruit, and confinement for 4 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, the Bad Conduct Discharge is to be disapproved, all confinement greater than 90 days is to be suspended, and AEAN Garcengarcia will accept 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, Fireman Apprentice Ason Butler, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification each of unauthorized absence, wrongfully possessing brass knuckles, wrongful use of a controlled substance, and wrongful possession of a controlled substance. On 17 March 2017, the military judge sentenced him to confinement for 120 days. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

Navy Region Southeast

General Court-Martial

* At a General Court-Martial in Jacksonville, Florida, Chief Edward W. Carullo, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to two specifications of attempting to commit lewd acts upon a minor, and one specification of wrongfully posting, via electronic communications, pictures of his penis while wearing a Navy uniform. On 7 March 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade Seaman, and confinement for 33 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, the Bad Conduct Discharge and reduction in rank below petty officer 2nd class are to be suspended, automatic forfeitures are to be deferred and waived, and Chief Carullo will accept administrative separation. The suspended punishments may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.

* At a General Court-Martial in Mayport, Florida, an petty officer 2nd class was tried for sexual assault. On 14 March 2017, the panel of members returned a verdict of not guilty.

Special Courts-Martial

* At a Special Court-Martial in Mayport, FL, Petty Officer 3rd Class Gabriel G. Parsons, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification each of aggravated assault, assault consummated by battery, and child endangerment. On 3 March 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade Seaman, and confinement for 12 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than 10 months is to be suspended. The suspended punishment may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.

* At a Special Court-Martial in Mayport, Florida, a petty officer 2nd class was tried for two specifications of wrongful use of a controlled substance. On 8 March 2017, members returned a verdict of not guilty.

* At a Special Court-Martial in Pensacola, Florida, Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor R. Malloy, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to two specifications of assault consummated by a battery. On 9 March 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade seaman recruit, and confinement for 10 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, reduction in rank below the paygrade seaman apprentice is to be disapproved, and any confinement greater than 6 months is to be suspended. The suspended punishment may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.

* At a Special Court-Martial in Pensacola, Florida, Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert W. Krein, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of drunk and disorderly conduct. On 9 March 2017, the military judge sentenced him to receive a letter of reprimand. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

Navy Region Northwest

General Court-Martial

* At a General Court-Martial in Bremerton, Washington, Ensign Michael J. Norton, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of stalking. On 1 March 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be Dismissed from the Service and to be confined for 30 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than 24 months is to be suspended. The suspended punishment may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.

* At a General Court-Martial in Bremerton, Washington, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael S. Lee Kim, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification each of attempted sexual assault of a child and attempting to coerce and entice a minor. On 30 March 2017, the military judge sentenced him to a Dishonorable Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade seaman recruit, and confinement for 3 years. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than 30 months is to be suspended. The suspended punishment may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.

Special Court-Martial

* At a Special Court-Martial in Bremerton, Washington, Seaman Recruit John Bush, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of unauthorized absence and two specifications of wrongful use of a controlled substance. On 28 March 2017, the military judge sentenced him to forfeit $450.00 per month for 3 months and to confinement for 90 days. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than 14 days is to be suspended. The suspended punishment may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.

Navy Region Southwest

General Court-Martial

* At a General Court-Martial in San Diego, California, Lieutenant Hugo J. Spinoza, USN was tried for numerous offenses. On 21 March 2017, the panel of members returned a verdict of guilty to one specification each of stalking, assault consummated by a battery, communicating a threat, fraternization, and unlawful entry and sentenced him to a reprimand, and to be Dismissed from the Service.

Special Court-Martial

* At a Special Court-Martial in San Diego, California, Seaman Recruit Matthew H. Piotrowski, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification each of absence without leave, breaking restriction, wrongfully possessing drug paraphernalia and four specifications of wrongful use of a controlled substance. On 10 February 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge and confinement for 7 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement all confinement greater than 60 days is to be suspended. The suspended punishment may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.

* At a Special Court-Martial in San Diego, California, Seaman Recruit Jarred T. Williams, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification each of absence without leave, breaking restriction, wrongfully possessing drug paraphernalia and three specifications of wrongful use of a controlled substance. On 10 February 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge and confinement for 6 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement all confinement greater than 60 days is to be suspended. The suspended punishment may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.

* At a Special Court-Martial in San Diego, California, Seaman Recruit Aaron Z. Buchanan, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification each of absence without leave, breaking restriction, wrongfully possessing drug paraphernalia, and five specifications of wrongful use of a controlled substance. On 13 February 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge and confinement for 7 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement all confinement greater than 60 days is to be suspended. The suspended punishment may be served if the Service Member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.

Navy Region Hawaii

General Court-Martial

* At a General Court-Martial in Pearl Harbor, HI, Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Botelho, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to five specifications of violating a military protective order and one specification of failing to report a civilian arrest. On 22 March 2017, the Military Judge sentenced him to reduction in rank to paygrade petty officer 2nd class and to confinement for 89 days. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than 60 days is to be suspended. The suspended punishment 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, HI, Petty Officer 1st Class Erick Killian, USN was tried for one specification of abusive sexual contact. On 16 March 2017 the panel of members returned a verdict of guilty of the lesser-included offense of assault consummated by a battery and sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, to reduction in rank to paygrade seaman recruit, and to hard labor without confinement for 90 days.

Navy Region Japan

General Court-Martial

* At a General Court-Martial in Yokosuka, Japan, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jordan L. Mitchell, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of possessing and viewing child pornography. On 31 March 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Dishonorable Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade seaman recruit, and confinement for 40 months. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

Special Court-Martial

* None.

Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia

General Court-Martial

* None.

Special Court-Martial

* None.

 
 
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