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 battle with different commandos who have been deployed on a secret mission in Bamako, Mali.
Chief Petty Officer Adam C. Matthews advised a navy court docket that he had agreed to assist “remediate” Military Employees Sgt. Logan Melgar as punishment for abandoning 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 battle. The choice to confront Sergeant Melgar was made among the many different commandos as they have been consuming, Chief Matthews mentioned.
A navy medical expert has dominated that Sergeant Melgar’s loss of life was a “a murder by asphyxiation,” or strangulation.
Chief Matthews, in trade for a lighter sentence, agreed to cooperate in future proceedings involving Chief DeDolph and two Marines, Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez and Employees 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, have been dismissed following the pretrial settlement.
Ten witnesses — 5 for the federal government and 5 for the protection — have been scheduled to provide testimony in a sentencing listening to for Chief Matthews later Thursday within the proceedings earlier than Choose Capt. Michael J. Luken.