A Kitzingen, Germany-based soldier will serve 12 months in prison after pleading guilty Nov. 29 of charges that included dereliction of duty, malingering and destruction of government property.
According to a case summary released by the Tikrit, Iraq-based Task Force Danger, Pvt. Evol Sutton, 20, of the 701st Main Support Battalion, also was convicted of disrespect for a noncommissioned officer and disorderly conduct in connection with incidents last summer at Forward Operating Base Speicher, Iraq. Judge (Col.) Stephanie Browne also fined him $795 a month for 12 months, ordered him demoted to the lowest enlisted rank and handed him a bad-conduct discharge.
According to the prosecutors’ summary, Sutton balked at performing extra duty for disciplinary reasons in July and violated Army rules when he then chambered a round in his M16A2 rifle.
Over the next two weeks, a mental health physician examined Sutton and determined that, although the soldier was suffering from depression, he was faking mental illness to avoid duty.
When told in August that the doctor did not support his wish to be chaptered out of the Army, Sutton became angry, knocking over a water cooler and wall lockers and breaking a truck window in his unit’s motor pool, according to the trial summary.