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Navy SEAL Gets 10 Years for His Role in Death of Green Beret

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The late Army Sgt. Logan Melgar (U.S. Army/AP)

By    |   Monday, 25 January 2021 04:22 PM

A U.S. Navy SEAL was sentenced to 10 years in prison over the weekend after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter for his role in the hazing death of a U.S. Army Green Beret, the Navy announced in a statement Monday, The Guardian reported.

A jury of fellow service members at a Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia handed Tony DeDolph the sentence for placing Army staff Sgt. Logan Melgar into a chokehold in 2017 to try to make him temporarily lose consciousness during what DeDolph said was a prank gone wrong while the men served together in Mali.

Melgar died of strangulation. DeDolph's attorney said he plans to appeal the punishment.

A total of four people – two SEALs and two Marines – were charged in Melgar's death. DeDolph's sentence was the longest received by any of the men involved in the incident, according to the Daily Beast.

DeDolph told his court-martial they were attempting to get back at Melgar for perceived slights through a "tape job" prank, which was to include binding Melgar with duct tape, applying the choke hold to temporarily knock him out, and then showing him a video of the incident at a later time, The Guardian reported.

In addition to his prison time, DeDolph's sentence strips him of his pay and his rank of chief petty officer, and he will receive a dishonorable discharge.

An admiral must still give official approval to the punishment.

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A U.S. Navy SEAL was sentenced to 10 years in prison over the weekend after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter for his role in the hazing death of a U.S. Army Green Beret, the Navy announced in a statement Monday
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