An entrance sign at Fort Bragg (Wikimedia Commons)
A soldier was convicted in federal court of conspiring to commit marriage fraud and making a false statement in an immigration matter, a U.S. attorney said.
Edward Kumi Anguah, a sergeant who lives in Fayetteville, was found guilty after a two-day trial before Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, according to a statement released Thursday by U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr. Anguah faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, the statement said.
Maj. Matthew Golsteyn in Afghanistan. (Photo courtesy of Philip Stackhouse.)
Prosecutors plan to argue that the man a former Special Forces soldier is accused of killing in February 2010 was a farmer, not a bomb-maker for the Taliban.
A military judge heard motions Monday in the case against Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, who in June pleaded not guilty in the killing of an unarmed Afghan national named Rasoul. The trial is set for Dec. 2.
Golsteyn was a Green Beret captain with Fort Bragg's 3rd Special Forces Group. He contends the killing was justified under the wartime conditions in Afghanistan because the man was thought to be an insurgent who made a bomb that killed two Marines.
A prosecutor, Maj. Brent Goodwin, said Rasoul was a poor farmer with no connection to the Taliban. The man was uneducated and had no training in explosive devices, Goodwin said.
"Rasoul was not a bombmaker," Goodwin said.
Capt. Nina Hillner, a defense lawyer, said Rasoul's brother said Rasoul was a member of the Taliban.