A A naval officer who posted a video criticizing military leaders over the chaotic withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan will plead guilty but will plead for a favorable discharge, according to one of his lawyers.
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller is scheduled to appear for a court martial on Thursday and faces charges including disrespecting commissioned officers, disobedience to a senior officer and dereliction of duty.
His attorney, Tim Parlatore, told the Washington Post on Tuesday that they were hoping for a general or honorable discharge rather than a dishonorable discharge. Scheller also wants to avoid jail.
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“Our hope is that he receives a letter of rebuke, and no more,” Parlatore said.
In addition, the lawyer said the exact details of a pre-trial agreement were “still pending.”
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In August, Scheller posted a uniformed video demanding military officials after an explosion at Kabul airport killed 13 U.S. servicemen and around 170 Afghans.
After Scheller posted the video, he was removed from his post as commander of the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. His hearing will take place at Camp Lejeune. He was in custody until his release earlier this month following an outcry from Republican lawmakers.
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