This case arose out of a 26 June 2007 small kill team (SKT) mission near Muqdadiyah, Iraq. Testimony at trial described SGT Trevino leading the SKT (like a sniper team) into an enemy neighborhood that had been taken over by Al Qaida insurgents for the purpose of ambushing the terrorist insurgents who were launching attacks against American forces, using the neighborhood as their base of operations.
On this mission, four terrorist insurgents were engaged from the SKT's rooftop position, one insurgent was carrying an RPG. After the initial engagement, one insurgent was dead and the three others had escaped. When SGT Trevino and others cleared the house these insurgents were coming out of, AK-47s, ammunition, grenades, IEDs, IED making equipment, Al Qaida propaganda and ski masks were discovered. A blood trail was also discovered which indicated one of the three terrorist insurgents who escaped was wounded during the initial engagement.
As stated in the previous (SFC Corrales) blog post, unlike other military offenses, premeditated murder has a mandatory minimum sentence of life imprisonment. Therefore, a conviction on the most serious offense would have mandated a life term. As with the SFC Corrales verdict, we are extremely thankful for, and are gratified by, the result in this case.
By: Attorney Richard V. Stevens
Civilian criminal defense lawyer and military defense lawyer
Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, PC
Blog postscript: Attorney Frank Spinner and I (attorney Richard Stevens) are former active duty military lawyers (JAG). Our perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon our experience as military defense lawyers and as civilian criminal defense lawyers practicing exclusively in the area of military law. This blog addresses issues in military law, military justice, military discipline, military defense, court-martial practice, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and other military and/or legal topics. Nothing posted in this blog should be substituted for legal advice in any particular case. If you seek legal advice for a particular case, please contact The Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens & The Law Office of Frank J. Spinner for a free consultation.