Alaska soldier guilty of premeditated murder in 3-year-old son's death


By STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 4, 2014

An Alaska-based soldier was found guilty Monday of the premeditated murder of his 3-year-old son in April during a court martial at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, according to a news release from the U.S. Army.

Sgt. Nathaniel E. Ulroan, 24, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, was also found guilty of kidnapping, two specifications of rape, one specification of sexual assault, eight specifications of assault, and communicating a threat.

The additional offenses stemmed from Ulroan’s April 3 murder of his son and physical and sexual abuse of his wife during their marriage. The Army did not provide the names of Ulroan’s son or wife.

During the proceedings, Ulroan pleaded guilty to striking his wife in the face with his fist and throwing her to the ground, threatening her with a knife, holding her against her will, strangling her and later stabbing his son to death. His wife was not at the home at the time of the assault on his son.

Ulroan also pleaded guilty to physically and sexually assaulting his wife in earlier incidents between 2011 and 2014.

The military judge sentenced Ulroan to life without possibility of parole, total forfeitures of all pay and allowances, a dishonorable discharge and reduction to E-1.

A pre-trial agreement, however, limits Ulroan’s confinement to life with the eligibility of parole, the news release said.

Ulroan, a native of Chevak, Alaska, had been stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. He is currently being held at the Northwest Joint Regional Confinement Facility at Lewis-McChord.

Ulroan joined the Army in October 2008. After completing Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., he was stationed at Lewis-McChord before being assigned to Fort Wainwright in December 2012 as a combat engineer.
While at JBLM, Ulroan deployed to Iraq for three months and Afghanistan for 11 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.