NORFOLK, Va. — A Navy SEAL pleaded responsible on Thursday to restraining an Military Inexperienced Beret with duct tape earlier than he died in a June 2017 wrestle with different commandos who had been deployed on a secret mission in Bamako, Mali.
Chief Petty Officer Adam C. Matthews instructed a navy courtroom that he had agreed to assist “remediate” Military Workers Sgt. Logan Melgar as punishment for forsaking the opposite commandos as an alternative of main them to a social gathering, as he had promised.
Chief Matthews testified that the opposite SEAL, Particular Operations Chief Tony DeDolph, had put Sergeant Melgar in a chokehold through the wrestle. The choice to confront Sergeant Melgar was made among the many different commandos as they had been ingesting, Chief Matthews stated.
A navy health worker has dominated that Sergeant Melgar’s loss of life was a “a murder by asphyxiation,” or strangulation.
Chief Matthews, in alternate for a lighter sentence, agreed to cooperate in future proceedings involving Chief DeDolph and two Marines, Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez and Workers Sgt. Kevin Maxwell Jr.
Chief Matthews testified that he had arrived in Mali solely two days earlier than the confrontation. On Thursday, he pleaded responsible to conspiracy of assault, committing battery, breaking into Sergeant Melgar’s quarters, hazing and obstructing justice.
Different prices, together with felony homicide and involuntary manslaughter, had been dismissed following the pretrial settlement.
Ten witnesses — 5 for the federal government and 5 for the protection — had been scheduled to present testimony in a sentencing listening to for Chief Matthews later Thursday within the proceedings earlier than Decide Capt. Michael J. Luken.