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A noncommissioned officer in Iraq has been demoted for maltreatment of another soldier, then lying about it to investigators, according to a case summary prepared by the Task Force Danger staff judge advocate.

At a special court-martial in Tikrit on Oct. 14, Sgt. 1st Class Wallace Boone, 39, of the 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, pleaded guilty to three counts of maltreatment, one count of making a false statement and one count of using provocative words.

Among the charges against Boone was an incident on June 5, when Boone brought the soldier into his quarters at Task Force Danger in Tikrit.

He made the soldier write a letter to his father listing his deficiencies. He also made the soldier add a note at the end saying he had died “because he was not focused on the mission.” Then he ordered the soldier to carry the note around with him.

Col. James Pohl, the military judge, recommended the demotion. The sentence now will be reviewed by the court-martial convening authority — in this case, the leadership of the Tikrit-based 1st Infantry Division.

The sentence may be reduced but not increased, the summary said.


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