Army Times: Navy SEAL gets 10 years in strangulation death of Army Green Beret staff sergeant

Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar was found dead of strangulation on June 4, 2017, in housing he shared with other special operations forces personnel in Bamako, Mali. (Army)

A Navy SEAL who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the hazing death of a Green Beret staff sergeant while deployed to Africa has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, forfeiture of pay, reduction to E-1 and a dishonorable discharge.

Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator Tony E. DeDolph was one of four men charged in the death of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar in Bamako, Mali, on June 4, 2017. He pleaded guilty earlier this month rather than go to trial.

DeDolph is the third defendant to plead guilty in the death of Melgar, and all three have agreed to testify against the fourth defendent, a Marine Raider.

Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez is scheduled to stand trial Feb. 1. He faces felony murder charges along with conspiracy, obstruction of justice, assault, hazing and burglary. If convicted of the murder charge, he would face a life sentence.

“While this was a guilty plea, to say we are disappointed about the sentence would be an understatement of epic proportions,” Phillip Stackhouse, DeDolph’s attorney, wrote in an email to Military Times. READ MORE

SOURCE: by Todd South

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