Coast Guardsman Convicted in Court-Martial

SEATTLE — A Coast Guardsman convicted of failure to obey a lawful order, assault consummated by battery and adultery was sentenced by a military judge to 45 days confinement, a bad conduct discharge and reduction in pay-grade to E-3 after pleading guilty at a general court-martial, Wednesday. 

Coast Guard Boatswain’s Mate First Class Donald M. Lanham pled guilty to one specification of failure to obey a lawful general order in violation of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice Article 92, one specification of assault consummated by battery in violation of UCMJ Article 128 and one specification of adultery in violation of UCMJ Article 134.

Lanham was assigned to Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay, Ore., at the time the offenses occurred.

The courts-martial are the criminal courts established by Congress in the Uniform Code of Military Justice to try criminal charges against active duty military personnel. 

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