Crime in the Military

Hearing Set for Sailor Accused in Stabbing


PORTSMOUTH -- A sailor accused of attempted murder for stabbing another sailor at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center more than a year ago is expected to appear in a military court Monday at Norfolk Naval Station. Petty Officer 3rd Class Wilbur Harwell is accused of attacking Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Powell with a knife in a barracks on June ... more

Former US Marine Murder Suspect Dies in Philippine Jail

Gripping bars in jail.

MANILA, Philippines — A former U.S. Marine facing double murder charges in the Philippines has died of a heart attack in a northern city jail, police said Wednesday. Timothy Kaufman, 37, was found unconscious and was declared dead on arrival at a hospital on Aug. 15, said Senior Police Officer Evelyn Pineda of Angeles City. Kaufman was one of ... more

Ex-Blue Angels Photographer Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charge

Pilots of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels fly in a delta formation during a training flight over the beaches of Pensacola, Fla., on Oct. 23, 2013. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Terrence Siren, U.S. Navy)

NORFOLK -- A former photographer for the Blue Angels used a Navy camera to film a young girl taking a shower, according to court documents. Ryan Courtade, 34, of Chesapeake pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of possession of child pornography. He faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced Nov. 13 in U.S. District Court. In exchange for the... more

4th Fort Hood Soldier Guilty of Immigrant Smuggling in Texas

Front gate at Fort Hood

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A fourth soldier from Fort Hood has pleaded guilty to using her U.S. Army identification or military gear to help transport immigrants. Yashira Marie Perez-Morales, of Killeen, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Brownsville to immigrant smuggling charges. Prosecutors say Perez-Morales hid immigrants while driving through the Bord... more

Fugitive Airman Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison on Sex Abuse Charges


SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Tech Sgt. David Helm will spend the next 25 years in prison. Helm, 35, was sentenced by a military judge Monday following a day-long court martial trial. Helm pleaded guilty to charges of desertion, rape of a child, assault of a child, indecent filming of a woman's private area and indecent broadcast of that image w... more

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