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A Marine colonel who walked free after a military appeals court decided it did not believe the 6-year-old girl whom he was convicted of sexually assaulting will retire as a lieutenant colonel with a less than honorable characterization of service, the Marine Corps confirmed on Wednesday.
Col. Daniel H. Wilson will receive the same full retirement benefits as any other Marine of his rank, said Marine Corps spokeswoman Maj. Melanie Salinas.
Wilson was sentenced to more than five years in prison in September 2017, but the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Wilson's sexual assault conviction in July because it found the alleged victim's testimony inconsistent.
Judge Jody: Soldier to have court-martial retried after judge had 'intimate' relationship with prosecutor's wife
A soldier who was previously convicted of assault will see his guilty verdict set aside and his case retried because the military judge at Fort Benning, Georgia, who oversaw his court-martial was engaged in an inappropriate relationship with the wife of a military lawyer for the prosecution.
In the latest turn of a dramatic and winding court saga, a naval appeals court has released a split decision finding that a Navy retiree was properly court-martialed and convicted for a crime committed after he had left active duty.
A review of the Navy and Marine Corps' legal community — ordered after the court-martial of then-Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher — found ethical and systemic problems in the JAG communities and recommends organizational changes and increased training, senior officers said Friday.
The review of the Judge Advocate General Corps was ordered Aug. 1 by then-Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson after President Donald Trump lashed out at the Navy on Twitter about awards that were to be given to the prosecutors in the Gallagher case.
The review, done by an executive review panel, found systemic problems relating to other military law cases in addition to Gallagher's.
Two Marine Raiders and a Navy corpsman have been charged with involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, and other offenses in connection with the death of a Lockheed Martin contractor, who died following a reported fist fight in Iraq, according to Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.
Clint Lorance, the convicted Army war criminal Trump released early, says he can't get a job at Walmart
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
Former US Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, the officer who was convicted of murder for war crimes, said it was "impossible to find a job" at a Walmart or Target, despite being granted a full pardon by President Donald Trump.
Lorance was sentenced to 19 years in military prison after he was found guilty of second-degree murder by ordering his soldiers to shoot at three unarmed men on a motorcycle in Afghanistan in 2012. Two of the men were killed by machine gun fire and a third was wounded.