Iowa veteran gets probation in Stolen Valor charge case

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: August 30, 2016

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A 70-year-old Davenport man has sentenced to five years' probation and fined $5,000 for buying or trying to buy congressional military decorations and medals without proper authorization.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa says Robert Ellsworth Brooks was sentenced Tuesday after earlier pleading guilty under the Stolen Valor Act.

Brooks served in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army in the 1960s and at times in the Army Reserves and Navy in the 1970s and 1980s. Prosecutors say Brooks earned a number of medals by 1970, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star Medal. But prosecutors say he claimed various other medals throughout the years, including Purple Hearts and Silver Stars, which he knew he had not earned and had bought.

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