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Navy SEAL gets 10 years for his role in Green Beret's death

Green Beret Death
Posted at 12:15 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 12:15:09-05

NORFOLK, Va. -- A U.S. Navy SEAL has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the hazing death of a U.S. Army Green Beret while the men served together in Africa.

The Navy says Tony DeDolph received the sentence Saturday from a jury of fellow servicemember at a Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia.

He pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter earlier this month. DeDolph had placed Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar into a chokehold to try to make him temporarily lose consciousness during what the SEAL said was a prank.

But Melgar died of strangulation.

DeDolph is one of four service members to be charged in the Melgar’s 2017 death in the African country of Mali.