Platoon Sergeant Faces N.C. Court-Martial in NYC Private Danny Chen's Suicide Case

The 36-year-old sergeant is accused of failing to prevent the mistreatment and abuse that officials say led to Pvt. Danny Chen's suicide

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    Pvt. Danny Chen

    A platoon sergeant from Texas is facing a court-martial at Fort Bragg in connection with the death of a 19-year-old soldier from Chinatown in Afghanistan last year.  

    Staff Sgt. Blaine G. Dugas Jr. of Port Arthur, Texas, faces a court-martial Thursday at Fort Bragg.     

    Reaction to Eight Arrests in the Death Of Danny Chen

    [NY] Reaction to Eight Arrests in the Death Of Danny Chen
    Tom Llamas talks with Chi Loek, co-executive vice president of the Organization of Chinese Americans about the new developments in the Danny Chen death case. (Published Thursday, Jan 5, 2012)

    The 36-year-old Dugas is accused of failing to prevent the mistreatment and abuse that officials say led to Pvt. Danny Chen's suicide.     

    Defense attorney Guy Womack says Dugas had no knowledge of any hazing or mistreatment of Chen, who shot himself on Oct. 3 in a guard tower.

    Family Details Soldier Abuse

    [NY] Family Details Soldier Abuse
    A military expert say the level of abuse Danny Chen allegedly suffered at the hands of his comrades is beyond the pale, even under rigorous military training. Pei-Sze Cheng reports. (Published Thursday, Jan 5, 2012)

    Two other soldiers already have been tried in the case. Spc. Ryan J. Offutt of Greenville, Pa., pleaded guilty to one count of hazing and two specifications of maltreatment in Chen's death and was sentenced to six months in jail.

    A jury found Sgt. Adam Holcomb of Youngstown, Ohio, guilty of maltreatment of a subordinate and assault consummated by battery, but cleared him of the most serious charge -- negligent homicide. He was sentenced to 30 days in prison. He was also demoted and forced to forfeit one month's pay.

    Disturbing Details of a Soldier's Torment

    [NY] Disturbing Details of a Soldier's Torment
    The family of Danny Chen, found dead in Afghanistan from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, has a more complete picture of the type of abuse and mistreatment their son was subjected to while serving his country. Pei-Sze Cheng reports. (Published Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012)

    The defendants in the case were members of the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division based at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

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