Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier sentenced to more than 10 years for child’s death
Stars and Stripes April 14, 2023
A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a young girl, according to court records from the Washington base.
Pfc. Jahcorrie Nealy, 21, faced a murder charge for the death that occurred on post May 17, according to his charge sheet. He was accused of physically shaking the girl, whose name, age and relationship to Nealy were redacted from court documents.
Army Criminal Investigation Division said Friday that the case is still considered open despite the fact that Nealy was convicted and sentenced Tuesday.
The soldier also pleaded guilty to domestic violence — throwing a young girl into her room May 6 and 16, injuring the child’s liver, according to the charge sheet.
It is not clear from the information provided in the court document whether it is the same child.
Lt. Col. Matthew Fitzgerald, a military judge in the 4th Judicial Circuit, sentenced Nealy to 10 years and six months in prison, a reduction in rank to E-1 and a dishonorable discharged, according to a statement from JBLM.
Nealy enlisted in January 2020 and was assigned to the 24th Composite Supply Company of the 13th Combat Sustainment Battalion, according to his charge sheet.