The Army Blotter: The hooker and the helo pilot, vet's body in chase car's trunk, vet slain by drunken driver

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  • A U.S. Army helicopter pilot Matthew Alan Jones, 29, was charged with pandering in Georgia after he picked up a prostitute, Columbus police said. The woman, identified in reports as 23-year-old Veronica Wright, told officers the man was a customer and had agreed to give her $20 for oral sex, police said.[via Columbus Ledger-Enquirer]
  • Trenton, N.J., police pursued a car into Pennsylvania that was opened to reveal the body of an Army vet. He was Dardar Paye, 33, a Liberian native who served in the 1990s and was fighting deportation as a result of drug charges. Police have arrested four people in the case. [via The Philadelphia Inquirer and Star-Ledger]
  • The family of 43-year-old Georgia vet Dondeagio Bennett, struck dead by a drunken driver is greiving; a driver is charged with vehicular homicide. “My dad won’t see his grandchildren, he won’t walk me down the aisle, he won’t see me graduate from college,” said the vet’s daughter. [via WRDW-TV]
  • Fort Polk soldier, Vaughn Fontenot, 21, will be tried in a civilian court for  several shooting incidents since late December, including one count of attempted second-degree murder. Fontenot was had been held in the parish jail on a $350,000 bond, but his bond has been revoked. [via Vermillion Today]
  • A former provost marshal at Fort Drum was sentenced to almost six years in prison for possessing and sharing child pornography and will soon pay $10,000 each to two victims identified from among more than 700 images of children he had. The case marks a trend in which  the defendants in such cases are sentenced to make payments to help pay for psychiatric or other treatment for exploited children. [via Associated Press/Wall Street Journal]
  • Former Army recruiter Randall Moneymaker, imprisoned over false claims of military heroics and accompanying wounds won’t be getting out early. A Virginia judge’s ruling ends the long legal skirmishing over Moneymaker’s Army record and disability payments. Moneymaker, who became a recruiter after presenting false records of service in the Mideast, Caribbean and elsewhere, had filed an appeal based partly on a new VA letter that seemed to reinstate some of his disability payments. [via Daily Press]
  • The lawyer for a Fort Carson Maj. Roderick Daniel Sanchez, who pleaded guilty to accepting bribes while in Kuwait, is seeking a lighter sentence for his client, citing combat injuries and help he provided the government in trying to snare others in a corruption probe. But federal prosecutors said his conflicting statements compromised his usefulness, and that his information consisted of rumors and hearsay. [via Colorado Springs Gazette]
  • Tulsa Municipal Court is set to start a veterans court. Veterans facing municipal, nonviolent charges could qualify for their cases to be heard on this docket and to be matched up to appropriate services, such as substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder programs and others, to prevent them from having further problems. [via Tulsa World]
  • Police, acting on a federal warrant, arrested Fort Drum soldier Jeremy Bakaian, 25, for deserting the U.S. Army. [via Nashua Telegraph]
  • British authorities spared prison for a a drunken soldier who caused three car crashes and ran over a policeman’s foot has been spared prison – because he is needed to clear mines in Afghanistan. Trooper Henry Wallace, 21, was two-and-a-half times over the legal drunken driving limit. His attroney said, “He is a very good soldier and valued by his regiment which will be dishing out additional punishment.” [via Daily Mail]
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