Official Statement (x2), Obstruction of Justice

Case Results

  • No federal conviction

Location

  • Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Branch of Military and Rank

  • Army
  • E-8

Charges:

Maximum Sentence:

  • Dishonorable Discharge
  • 15 years confinement
  • Total forfeiture
  • Reduction to E-1
  • Federal felony conviction
  • Loss of military retirement

Bilecki Law Group was retained to represent a retirement-eligible Army Master Sergeant who was accused of falsifying NCOERs and subsequently destroying his government hard drive in order to get rid of evidence.

When we were brought on board, this case was in the initial investigative stage. Attorney Kiley Hyatt of our firm took the lead role and worked with the client and investigating officer in an attempt to avert a General Court-Martial.

After the initial investigation was concluded, Mrs. Hyatt brokered a deal with the prosecutor so this case could be adjudicated at the Summary Court-Martial level and our client would not have to enter into a guilty plea. Mrs. Hyatt represented the client at what became a fully litigated Summary Court-Martial that lasted 11 hours.

After this hearing, our client was found not guilty of obstruction of justice and guilty of only one false official statement. The Summary Court-Martial officer also sentenced the client to a mere one-grade reduction. Our client has since submitted his retirement paperwork and will receive his full retirement benefits.

Finally, because this was kept at the Summary Court-Martial level, our client has no federal conviction on his record.

Result: 

  • No federal conviction
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