U.S. Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Adam Matthews pleaded guilty Thursday to reduced charges in what he calls the “completely unintended” strangulation death of Green Beret Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar in June 2017.
Matthews said the “tragic” death of Melgar near Mali was meant to “remediate” the special operator via chokehold for performance issues and an allegedly abandoning two Marines who were unfamiliar with an area of Bamako.
He pleaded guilty to charges that he conspired to commit an assault and battery, unlawful entry and obstructed justice, Stars and Stripes reported.
The plea deal requires him to testify against three others — Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Tony DeDolph, Marine Raiders Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez and Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell Jr.
Cases against the trio of special operators have yet to go to trial, although they face similar charges regarding Melgar’s death.
Navy Capt. Michael J. Luken, the judge overseeing Matthews‘ case, is expected to sentence him Thursday afternoon in Norfolk, Virginia.
The Navy SEAL faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison, reduction in rank to E-1, and a punitive discharge, Stars and Stripes reported.
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