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Army vet who attacked child for wearing hat during national anthem claims he was just following Trump's orders
A 39-year-old Army veteran charged with assaulting a child for not removing his hat during the national anthem during a Montana county fair believed he was was simply following the orders of President Donald Trump, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
"His commander in chief is telling people that if they kneel, they should be fired, or if they burn a flag, they should be punished," Lance Jasper, the defense attorney for Army vet Curt Brockway, told the Missoulian on Wednesday. "He certainly didn't understand it was a crime."
Brockway was a specialist and served as a metal worker (44B) from November 1998 to May 2001, Army spokesman William Sharp confirmed to Task & Purpose, adding that his service verification file does not list any deployments or awards.
An Air Force Academy sergeant will face an evidence hearing Friday on a string of charges including 10 counts of assault.
Staff Sgt. Mariano Jackson, assigned to the academy's 10th Surgical Operations Squadron, is accused of a series of assaults between 2016 and 2019, most of which involve a victim described as his "intimate partner."
A special operations Marine accused of punching his girlfriend will face up to 60 days in jail after being convicted in a North Carolina court of assault inflicting serious injury, a misdemeanor offense, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was also found not guilty of assault on a female, which is also a misdemeanor, said Samantha Dooies, an assistant to the New Hanover County District Attorney.
A U.S. Air Force 1st lieutenant assigned to the 51st Fighter Wing at Osan Air Base was reprimanded in February for strangling a Korean national after a night of drinking, according to a recent discipline update.
Former Army Special Forces Maj. Jason M. Sartori was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years confinement and dismissal from the service after being found guilty of abuse and child endangerment, according to Army Maj. Beth Riordan, a spokeswoman for 1st Special Forces Command.