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Navy SEAL gets 10 years for his role in Green Beret's death

‘I can’t describe how sorry I am’ Navy SEAL details role in Green Beret’s hazing death
Posted at 2:29 PM, Jan 25, 2021

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Navy SEAL has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the hazing death of a U.S. Army Green Beret while the men served together in Africa.

The Navy says Tony DeDolph received the sentence Saturday from a jury of fellow servicemember at a Navy base in Norfolk.

He pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter earlier this month.

DeDolph had placed Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar into a chokehold to try to make him temporarily lose consciousness during what the SEAL said was a prank. But Melgar died of strangulation.

Three other American service members were also charged.

Back in 2019 locally-based Navy SEAL Chief Special Warfare Operator Adam Matthews reached a plea agreement with prosecutors over his involvement in Melgar’s death. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit assault, unlawful entry, assault, hazing and obstruction of justice, according to his attorney, Grover Baxley.

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