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Justice served

Justice Served
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December 6, 2012 | News
Court Martial results:

At a General Court-Martial Nov. 28, Pvt. Zachary Bennett, 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Missile Regiment, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, was found guilty of Insubordinate Conduct, Obstruction of Justice, Communicating a Threat, Attempted Forcible Sodomy, Indecent Acts and Rape. An enlisted panel sentenced him to nine years and nine months confinement and to be discharged from the service with a Dishonorable Discharge.

Friday at a General Court-Martial, Pvt. Carlos Gonzalez-Gomez, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, was found guilty of Insubordinate Conduct, False Official Statement, Indecent Acts, Abusive Sexual Contact and Forcible Sodomy. An officer panel sentenced him to six years confinement and to be discharged from the service with a Dishonorable Discharge.

At a General Court-Martial Friday, Pvt. Christopher Meierholtz, Regimental Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, pled guilty to Wrongful Destruction of Property and Assault Consummated by a Battery. A military judge sentenced him to two months confinement, to perform hard labor without confinement for three months and to be discharged from the service with a Bad-Conduct Discharge.

Federal District Court results

Depending on the circumstances, civilians may be prosecuted in United States Federal Court for crimes committed on Fort Hood.

After being indicted by a Federal Grand Jury, Kendrick Shemar Taylor pled guilty to Possession of Crack Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

The case began April 6, when Fort Hood Police were dispatched to Access Control Point #1 at Fort Hood for a possible intoxicated driver. The driver, who was later identified as Taylor, was observed driving toward the ACP at a high rate of speed, which triggered the speed alarm.

Taylor was subsequently detained and transported to the police station. During a search of his vehicle, Fort Hood investigators found a loaded semi-automatic pistol, which was later verified as being stolen. Investigators also found a plastic zip-close bag containing approximately 85 grams of “crack” cocaine under the passenger’s seat. The incident was referred to the Drug Enforcement Administration office in Waco.

At a sentencing hearing Nov. 21, Taylor was sentenced to 77 months confinement. Under Federal Law, this sentence is to be followed by a mandatory 60 month consecutive sentence for possessing a firearm during the crime.
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