Special and General Courts-Martial for August 2017

by Navy Office of Information
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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 August 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 1st Class Troy D. Biggham pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of sexual harassment and seven specifications of assault consummated by a battery. On August 15, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, to forfeit all pay and allowances, reduction in rank to paygrade of Seaman Recruit, and confinement for 18 months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than six months is to be disapproved.

Special Court-Martial

* None.

Navy Region Mid-Atlantic

General Court-Martial

* At a General Court-Martial in Great Lakes, Illinois, Petty Officer 2nd Class Keyerro C. Parnell pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to conspiracy and larceny. On August 17, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to forfeit $500.00 per month for 12 months, reduction in rank to paygrade of Petty Officer 3rd Class, and confinement for 60 days. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement is to be suspended pending Petty Officer 3rd Class Parnell's administrative separation. The suspended confinement may be served if the service member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.

Special Court-Martial

* None.

Navy Region Southeast

General Court-Martial

* At a General Court-Martial in Jacksonville, Florida, Petty Officer 3rd Class Calvin J. Cobb was tried for receiving and distributing child pornography. On August 16, 2017, the members returned a guilty verdict and sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, reduction in rank to paygrade of Seaman Recruit, and confinement for six months.

* At a General Court-Martial in Pensacola, Florida, Seaman Alynn B. Chappell pled guilty to four specifications of attempted sexual abuse of a child by indecent communication. On August 30, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade Seaman Recruit, and confinement for 30 months. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

* At a General Court-Martial in Pensacola, Florida, Seaman Dennis A. Stachura pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to three specifications of wrongful possession of child pornography and to two specifications of wrongful possession of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children. On August 31, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade Seaman Recruit and confinement for 48 months. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

Special Court-Martial

* At a Special Court-Martial in Mayport, Florida, Seaman Recruit Markus K. Thomas pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to two specifications of assault consummated by a battery and one specification of false official statement. On August 21, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, forfeiture of $500.00 pay per month for three months, and confinement for 37 days. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all adjudged forfeitures will be disapproved.

* At a Special Court-Martial in Pensacola, Florida, Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen D. Castillo, USN, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to assault consummated by a battery. On August 31, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade of Seaman Recruit, and confinement for 150 days. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

Navy Region Northwest

General Court-Martial

* At a General Court-Martial in Bremerton, Washington, Seaman Jared D. Everetts pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, one specification of substance abuse, and six specifications of possession and use of a controlled substance. On August 23, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade of Seaman, and confinement for nine months. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

* At a General Court-Martial in Bremerton, Washington, Seaman Jashuan C. Epps pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to false official statement and assault consummated by a battery. On August 29, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to reduction in rank to paygrade Seaman, and confinement for six months. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence. The accused is being processed for administrative separation from the Navy.

Special Court-Martial

* At a Special Court-Martial in Bremerton, Washington, Petty Officer 3rd Class Allante L. Martin pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to two specifications of wrongful use of a controlled substance. On August 9, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to reduction in rank to paygrade Seaman, and confinement for 26 days. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence. The accused is being processed for administrative separation from the Navy.

* At a Special Court-Martial in Bremerton, Washington, Seaman Recruit Tylar A. Cargile pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of absence without leave and three specifications of wrongful use of a controlled substance. On August 22, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to confinement for 97 days. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence. The accused is being processed for administrative separation from the Navy.

* At a Special Court-Martial in Bremerton, Washington, Seaman Apprentice Lucas A. Hurdle pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to unauthorized absence and missing movement. On August 23, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to reduction in rank to paygrade of Seaman Recruit, and confinement for 120 days. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than 90 days is to be suspended pending Seaman Apprentice Hurdle's administrative separation from the Navy.

* At a Special Court-Martial in Bremerton, Washington, Petty Officer 3rd Class Elexis M. Riley pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to conspiracy to possession of a controlled substance and four specifications of possession, use, and distribution of a controlled substance. On August 30, 2017, the military judge sentenced her to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade of Seaman Recruit, and confinement for five months. The pretrial agreement had no effect on her sentence. The accused is being processed for administrative separation from the Navy.

Navy Region Southwest

General Court-Martial

* At a General Court-Martial in San Diego, California, a Petty Officer 3rd Class was tried for two specifications of sexual assault. On August 17, 2017, the panel of members returned a verdict of not guilty.

* At a General Court-Martial in San Diego, California, Petty Officer 3rd Class Oscar Hernandez pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to one specification of attempt to commit abusive sexual contact and three specifications of abusive sexual contact. On August 23, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, to forfeit all pay and allowances, reduction in rank to paygrade of Seaman Recruit, and confinement for 14 months. The pretrial agreement had no effect on his sentence.

Special Court-Martial

* At a Special Court-Martial in San Diego, California, Petty Officer 1st Class Kingston L. Stark pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to sexual harassment. On August 30, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to reduction in rank to paygrade of Petty Officer 3rd Class, and confinement for six months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than 90 days and reduction below paygrade of Petty Officer 2nd Class will be suspended.

* At a Special Court-Martial in San Diego, California, a Petty Officer 3rd Class was tried for one specification of drug use. On August 31, 2017, the panel of members returned a verdict of not guilty.

Navy Region Hawaii

General Court-Martial

* At a General Court-Martial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Petty Officer 3rd Class Joseph Vargo pled guilty to attempted sexual abuse of a child. On August 7, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Dishonorable Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade of Seaman Recruit, to forfeit all pay and allowances, and confinement for two years. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement greater than five months is to be suspended. The suspended confinement 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, Hawaii, Chief Petty Officer James Armijo pled guilty to abusive sexual contact. On August 23, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade of Seaman Recruit, and confinement for six months. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, the punitive discharge and reduction below paygrade of Petty Officer 1st Class will be suspended pending Chief Petty Officer Armijo's administrative separation from the Navy. The suspended punishment may be served if the service member violates the terms of the pretrial agreement.

Navy Region Japan

General Court-Martial

* At a General Court-Martial in Yokosuka, Japan, Chief Petty Officer Michael S. Rettus II, pled guilty pursuant to a pretrial agreement to sexual abuse of a child. On August 22, 2017, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge and three years confinement. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, all confinement and the discharge are to be disapproved.

Special Court-Martial

* None.

Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia

General Court-Martial

* None.

Special Court-Martial

* At a Special Court-Martial in Naples, Italy, Chief Rodney M. Mba was tried for

adultery and fraternization. On August 16 2017, the military judge returned a verdict of

guilty on both charges and sentenced Chief Mba to a reprimand, reduction in rank to paygrade of Petty Officer 2nd Class, restriction for 60 days to Naval Air Station, Sigonella, Italy, and confinement for 30 days. Pursuant to the pretrial agreement, reduction below Petty Officer 1st Class is to be disapproved.

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