Soldier accused of negligent homicide not guilty

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Submitted: Tue, 07/31/2012 - 1:11am
Updated: Tue, 07/31/2012 - 4:55pm

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A military jury has found an Army sergeant not guilty of negligent homicide in the death of an Army private who killed himself in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Adam Holcomb was found guilty Monday on two lesser charges, maltreatment of a subordinate and assault. He faces a maximum of 2 1/2 years in prison.

The 10-member jury deliberated for two hours in military court at Fort Bragg Monday after hearing closing arguments.

Holcomb was the first of eight soldiers to be court-martialed for the alleged racial hazing of Pvt. Danny Chen, who killed himself last October.

Throughout the trial, the defense painted Chen as an incompetent soldier disowned by his family. Prosecutors said Holcomb abused Chen and drove him to suicide.

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2 Comments on "Soldier accused of negligent homicide not guilty"

Bully Hater
2015 years 8 months ago

Hopefully having to live with his actions will torture this guy for the rest of his life. Not only for the treatment that he subjected Mr. Chen to, but also for the cowardly defense that he allowed his lawyers to provide. Another case of blame the victim.

2015 years 8 months ago

If the soldier was incompetent, he should have been discharged. Some are cut out for military life and some are not. The Sergeant and all concerned need to spend some time in the brig, if indeed they harassed the man.