Soldier Who Refused to Return Is Found Guilty of Desertion
ATLANTA, May 21 - A military jury convicted a member of the Florida National Guard on Friday at a court-martial in Fort Stewart, Ga., on charges of desertion because he refused to return to his unit in Iraq, saying he objected to the war there.
The soldier, Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia, was sentenced to the maximum penalty of one year in prison, reduction in rank to private, and a bad-conduct discharge at the end of his prison term.
His family said he would appeal. "I couldn't be more proud of this brave and courageous young man," said Norma Castillo, his aunt. "We're not going to stop until justice prevails."
His claim of conscientious objector status, filed months after his desertion, is being considered separately. His lawyers said the judge's decision to exclude the application from all but the sentencing phase of the court-martial "gutted" his case.
Friday, May 21
Showed THAT Bastard
At least under Nixon, I was able to register with Selective Service as 1-H - a conscientious objector. Guess that now translates as "America Hater" in Bush's new world order.
Posted by Howard Hoffman at 9:05 PM