Special and General Courts-Martial for November 2016


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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 November 2016. 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., Midshipman Joseph M. Wilson, USN was tried for one specification of sexual assault. On November 16, 2016, the members returned a verdict of guilty. On November 17, 2016, the members sentenced him to a dismissal, to forfeit all pay and allowances, and confinement for 30 months.

Special Court-Martial

* None.

Navy Region Mid-Atlantic

General Court-Martial

* At a General Court-Martial in Norfolk, Virginia, Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryce J. Mezney, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to six specifications of attempted indecent visual recording and one specification of indecent visual recording. On November 3, 2016, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a bad conduct discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and confinement for 21 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, confinement greater than 12 months is to be suspended and remitted. 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 Marcus L. Littlejohn, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to false official statement, assault consummated by a battery, and obstruction of justice. On November 4, 2016, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and confinement for 15 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than 12 months is to be suspended and remitted. 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, Seaman Daniel Acosta, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to assault consummated by a battery. On November 7, 2016, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge and to forfeit all pay and allowances. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

* At a general court-martial in Norfolk, Virginia, a seaman was tried for rape and sexual assault. On November 18, 2016, the panel of members returned a verdict of not guilty.

* At a general court-martial in Norfolk, Virginia, Petty Officer 2nd Class Pedro M. Bess, Jr. USN was tried for numerous offenses to include indecent acts. On November 18, 2016, the members returned a verdict of guilty on two specifications of indecent acts and sentenced him to a reprimand, reduction in rank to paygrade E-3, and confinement for one year.

Special Court-Martial

* At a special court-martial in Norfolk, Virginia, an E-5 was tried for adultery. On November 3, 2016, the military judge returned a verdict of not guilty.

Navy Region Southeast

General Courts-Martial

* At a general court-martial in Pensacola, Florida, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Thomas, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to assault with an unloaded firearm and wrongfully enticing a civilian to engage in a sexual act. On November 1, 2016, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a bad conduct discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and confinement for six months. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

* At a general court-martial in Pensacola, Florida, ENS Joseph P. Saugen, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to wrongful possession of child pornography and wrongful distribution of child pornography. On November 14, 2016, the military judge sentenced him to a dismissal and confinement for three years. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

* At a general court-martial in Pensacola, Florida, an E-3 was tried for sexual assault. On November 16, 2016, the members returned a verdict of not guilty.

* At a general court-martial in Mayport, Florida, Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick A. Sutherlin, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to two specifications of assault consummated by a battery. On November 16, 2016, the military judge sentenced him to forfeit $800.00 per month for six months, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and confinement for 179 days. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

* At a general court-martial in Mayport, Florida, Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert McCool III, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to attempting to disobey a superior commissioned officer, attempting to violate a State Injunction, and communicating a threat. On November 17, 2016, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and confinement for 12 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, confinement greater than time served (140 days) is to be suspended and remitted. The suspended confinement may be served if the service member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.

Special Courts-Martial

* At a special court-martial in Mayport, Florida, Petty Officer 1st Class Juan C. Garcia, USN was tried for attempted indecent recording. On November 1, 2016, the military judge returned a verdict of guilty and sentenced him to be discharged with a bad conduct discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and confinement for 60 days.

* At a special court-martial in Mayport, Florida, Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Muncy, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to having an inappropriate relationship with a recruit. On November 3, 2016, the military judge sentenced him to reduction in rank to paygrade E-3 and confinement for 89 days. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

* At a special court-martial in Mayport, Florida, Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Hoy, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to two specifications of fraternization, six specifications of false official statements, and larceny. On November 16, 2016, the military judge sentenced her to be discharged with a bad conduct discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and confinement for nine months. The pretrial agreement had no effect on her sentence.

Navy Region Northwest

General Court-Martial

* At a general court-martial in Bremerton, Washington, Seaman John E. D. Fritz, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to four specifications of lewd acts on a child and three specifications of obstruction of justice, and one specification each of solicitation, production and distribution of child pornography. On November 15, 2016, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a bad conduct discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and confinement for three years. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.
Special Court-Martial

* At a special court-martial in Bremerton, Washington, SN Toddren A. Macon, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to three specifications of unauthorized absence and three specifications of wrongful use of controlled substances. On November 1, 2016, the military judge sentenced him to forfeit $1,000.00 for three months, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and confinement for 90 days. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

* At a special court-martial in Bremerton, Washington, Petty Officer 1st Class Karl J. Zimmerman, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to dereliction in the performance of his duties by willful failure to provide appropriate medical care. On November 8, 2016, the members sentenced him to forfeit $1,044.00 for nine months, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and confinement for 89 days. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

Navy Region Southwest

General Court-Martial

* None

Special Court-Martial

* At a special court-martial in San Diego, California, Seaman Mackadis J. Smith Jr., USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to unauthorized absence, disrespect toward a superior commissioned officer, and two specifications of wrongful use of a controlled substance. On November 2, 2016, the military judge sentenced him to forfeit $1,037.00 for three months, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and confinement for six months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than time served (68 days) is to be suspended and remitted. The suspended confinement may be served if the service member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.

Navy Region Hawaii

General Court-Martial

* None.

Special Court-Martial

* At a special court-martial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Seaman Xavier S. Foster, USN pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, two specifications of aggravated assault, and two specifications of assault consummated by a battery. On November 15, 2016, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a bad conduct discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and confinement for eight months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than 35 days is to be suspended and remitted. The suspended confinement may be served if the service member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.

Navy Region Japan

Special Court-Martial

* At a special court-martial in Yokosuka, Japan, an E-5 was tried for assault consummated by a battery. On November 15, 2016, the military judge returned a verdict of not guilty.

General Court-Martial

* None

Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia

General Court-Martial

* None.

Special Court-Martial

* None.

 
 
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