Marine to plead guilty in fake heroism case

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  1. Luigi59

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    Marine to plead guilty in fake heroism case

    By The Associated Pre
    Tuesday, October 20, 2009

    HAGERSTOWN, MD — A Marine sergeant charged with faking battle injuries to get freebies intended for wounded warriors will plead guilty, a Marine Corps spokeswoman said Monday.

    Sgt. David W. Budwah, 34, of Springhill, La., will enter the plea at a court-martial hearing Wednesday at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va., 1st Lt. Joy Crabaugh wrote in an e-mail.

    Crabaugh wouldn’t say what offenses Budwah will acknowledge. “That will all be addressed Wednesday,” she wrote.

    Budwah faces eight counts, including making false official statements, malingering, misconduct and larceny. They carry combined penalties of up to 31½ years in prison and a dishonorable discharge.

    Prosecutor Marine Capt. Thomas Liu declined to disclose terms of the plea agreement.

    Neither Budwah nor his lawyer, Marine Capt. Kelly Repair, returned calls from The Associated Press.

    Budwah is accused of bluffing his way into 33 events last year, including six rock concerts, two Washington Nationals baseball games, a Washington Redskins football game and a World Wrestling Entertainment “Monday Night Raw” show. Sponsored by various civilian groups, the events often included special recognition of injured service members in attendance.

    Budwah also is alleged to have worn eight unearned medals and decorations on his uniform, including bronze-star campaign medals from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Other unauthorized decorations included a humanitarian service medal denoting work on the 2004 tsunami relief effort, the government has said.

    Budwah claimed in a speech to young boys at an American Legion camp near Sabillasville in July 2008 to have been wounded in Afghanistan when he dove on a homemade grenade to shield a buddy from the blast — a false story, the government contends.

    Budwah's case is remarkable because he is an active-duty Marine facing military justice, not a civilian charged with wearing unearned medals. Of nearly 3,100 courts-martial last year in the four major armed services, only 27 were trials for wearing illegal decorations. Just two involved Marines.
     
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    Marine Gets 18 Months Confinement for Hero Hoax

    QUANTICO, Va. — A Marine Corps sergeant was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months confinement and fined $25,000 for pretending to be an injured war hero to get free seats at rock concerts and professional sporting events.

    Sgt. David W. Budwah also will be reduced in rank to private and dishonorably discharged after any appeals. He must forfeit all pay and benefits during his confinement and is subject to up to 3 1/2 years of additional prison time if he re-offends within two years.

    Navy Capt. Bruce W. MacKenzie, chief judge for the Navy and Marine Corps, gave the sentence after Budwah pleaded guilty to seven counts in a military courtroom on the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va. The offenses included making false statements, malingering, misconduct and unlawful appropriation, and carried a combined maximum prison term of 8 1/2 years.
     
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    tpg:
    You are to kind and benevolent. The scum in question should be retained in the service as an E-1 not affiliated with any branch of the military, air dropped in Afghanistan as a one man unit or since his intentional activities could have lowered the public support of the U.S Military increasing the difficulty in the war on terrorism, he has aided terrorist, send his as* to Gitmo put him in general population and see if they like his stories.:eek::eek:

    In the words of a great American:
    shootin is to good for him
     
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    This NCO does not only disgrace himself but also the Corps and our country. Both of the latter does not produce men of such low caliber. :thumbdown:
     

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