Crime in the Military

No Prison Time for Army Sgt. for Phone Threat Against Reporter's Wife


TACOMA, Wash. -- Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera, who professed innocence on his social media sites, pleaded guilty Thursday to threatening the wife of a Tribune-Review reporter in a failed attempt to prevent publication of a report about his fatal shootings in March 2007 of two unarmed, deaf Iraqi brothers. Barbera, 32, made the plea on hi... more

Trial Set after Vanishing Marine Request is Denied

Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun

RALEIGH, N.C.  — A judge has declined a request for a new hearing on evidence against a U.S. Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq and later winding up in Lebanon, a military spokesman said Wednesday. The judge decided last week to deny Cpl. Wassef Hassoun's request for another Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of ... more

Soldier Connected to Killings Will Plead Guilty to Threats


An Army paratrooper's alleged attempts to stymie a newspaper's investigation into the fatal shooting of two Iraqi boys seven years ago is expected to plead guilty Thursday to threatening a journalist's wife, according to his Twitter feed. Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera is due in court at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to be arraigned on a charge of c... more

Child Sex Trafficking Trial Begins for Army Lieutenant Colonel

Testimony began Tuesday in the federal sex-trafficking trial of Army Lt. Col. Raymond Valas, who is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old prostitute he hired off the Internet while visiting San Antonio in August 2013. Valas' attorney said during a pre-trial hearing last month that his client, an Army War College fellow, only intended to inte... more

US Soldier Charged With Killing Comrade While Deployed in Jordan

Spc. Jeffery T. Page, 23, of Perrysburg, Ohio, has been accused of killing Spc. Adrian M. Perkins of Pine Valley, Calif., shown here,  with an M4 rifle on May 15 at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, Jordan. Army photo

FORT CARSON, Colo. — A Fort Carson soldier has been charged murder in the shooting death of a 19-year-old comrade while they were deployed to Jordan in May, the Army said Tuesday. Spc. Jeffery T. Page, 23, of Perrysburg, Ohio, has been accused of killing Spc. Adrian M. Perkins of Pine Valley, California, with an M4 rifle on May 15 at Muwaffaq... more

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