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SEAL pleads guilty in hazing death of Green Beret

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar Green Beret, who died from non-combat related injuries in Mali in June 2017. The attorney for Navy SEAL Adam Matthews, one of four U.S. servicemen charged in the death of Melgar, said Matthews will plead guilty Thursday, May 16, 2019, to hazing, assault and other charges. But a murder charge will be dropped. (U.S. Army via AP)

NORFOLK, Va. — A U.S. Navy SEAL has pleaded guilty to hazing and assault charges for his role in the 2017 strangulation death of a U.S. Army Green Beret in Africa.

Adam Matthews entered the plea at a court-martial hearing Thursday at a Virginia naval base.

Matthews is one of four U.S. service members who were charged with murder and other crimes in the hazing-related death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a Texas native.

Military prosecutors agreed to drop the murder charge against Matthews, who expressed remorse in offering the first detailed public account of Melgar’s death in Mali.

Matthews has agreed to testify against a fellow Navy SEAL and two Marines who were also charged in the incident.

The sentencing phase of Matthews’ court-martial was to begin Thursday afternoon.

Ben Finley, The Associated Press


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