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A Wisconsin Marine vet will receive a pardon 15 years after he broke a man's nose during a drunken argument
Eric Pizer is a father, a college graduate with an associate degree in criminal justice and a decorated Iraq War veteran who has always wanted to be a police officer.
But for the past almost 15 years, Pizer, 38, has also been a felon.
When Pizer was 23, two days after he got back from being deployed in Iraq, he tried to de-escalate a drunken argument between his friend and a jealous husband after a night of drinking in the town in Boscobel in southwestern Wisconsin. Pizer said he and his friends didn't know one of the women with whom they were hanging out was married.
After Pizer heard the husband say, "I'm going to … kill you," Pizer threw one punch and broke the man's nose, resulting in the substantial battery charge. He had no prior criminal record and hasn't committed any crimes since.
Pizer said it was a "knee-jerk reaction" and that he "didn't think about it, it just happened." He still regrets the moment and is deeply remorseful for the pain he caused.
Since then, Pizer has gotten forgiveness from the man he punched, but the felony has tainted others' view of his character, caused tension in his relationships, prevented him from starting a career and disallowed him from being able to carry a firearm, which he would need to fulfill his dream of becoming a law enforcement officer.
"I've always been who I am," said Pizer, of Edgerton. "And that felony is not who I am."
Former Army Special Forces Maj. Matthew Golsteyn will plead not guilty to a charge of murder for allegedly shooting an unarmed Afghan man whom a tribal leader had identified as a Taliban bomb maker, his attorney said.
Golsteyn will be arraigned on Thursday morning at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Phillip Stackhouse told Task & Purpose.
No date has been set for his trial yet, said Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, a spokesman for U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
'Fox and Friends' co-host Pete Hegseth reportedly convinced Trump to consider pardons for US troops accused of war crimes
"Fox & Friends" weekend co-host Pete Hegseth has been working behind the scenes to convince President Donald Trump to pardon U.S. service members accused or convicted of war crimes, according to a recent report in the Daily Beast.
The New York Times reported Saturday that Trump is taking steps to officially pardon service members accused of committing war crimes whose cases have garnered significant media attention by Memorial Day. This comes after Hegseth, an Iraq War veteran, spent months encouraging Trump in private to issue the controversial pardons.
A presidential pardon to spare ex-Taliban captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from facing a court-martial on charges he deserted and endangered his fellow soldiers appears unlikely in the final weeks of President Barack Obama’s tenure, according to experts.