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Court-martial finds former Bragg prosecutor guilty of rape

Posted January 26, 2015

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— A former prosecutor for the 82nd Airborne Division was found guilty in court-martial Monday of raping his estranged wife in 2012.

A military jury convicted Maj. Erik Burris, who was relieved of his duties two years ago during an investigation of the case against him, on two counts of rape, four counts of assault and one count each of forcible sodomy and disobeying an order from a superior commissioned officer.

Burris was cleared of four counts of assault and two counts each of sexual assault, forcible sodomy and communicating a threat.

He was sentenced to 20 years in military prison and was discharged from the Army, forfeiting all of his pay and benefits.

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  • diana123 Jan 27, 2015

    they're all corrupt

  • 1jalapeno Jan 27, 2015

    I'll bet this sentence sends a message loud and clear about accountability. No free passes for this kind of behavior. It doesn't pay to behave badly as this officer found out.

  • Robert Malton Jan 27, 2015
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    Really? Not what I would want for the guy.

  • Harvo Jan 27, 2015

    A former prosecutor
    A former prosecutor
    A former prosecutor
    A former prosecutor
    A former prosecutor

  • flyfish42 Jan 26, 2015

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    Why is this so difficult to understand, especially since it is his estranged wife?? What's your point?

  • Ronnie Merritt Jan 26, 2015
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    They made a heck of an example of this guy... I guess they are finally taking sexual assault in the military serious... To bad it took so long.

  • Ronnie Merritt Jan 26, 2015
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    You can get 12 counts of raping the same person in NC if raped them 12 different times. Those times can be all in the same night. Once you stop, the crime is over. If you start again, that is another crime, another charge...

  • moomoo Jan 26, 2015

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    I don't read it saying the same woman twice. It says 2 counts of Rape, does not say Rape of same victim. Perhaps the other charges did not involve his wife at all.

  • dollibug Jan 26, 2015

    A *prosecutor* was GUILTY of a crime....really ? Yes, I guess this just says....those who are *supposed to uphold and enforce the laws* sometimes makes mistakes...he is probably just the *tip of the ICEBERG*...it the truth was known.

  • Edward Levy Jan 26, 2015
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    The military does it right! Is offenders in Civilian court guilty of RAPE, get of MUCH lighter. Way to go US ARMY. I do wonderwhy the other charges were dismissed. It seems they would have a connection to RAPE

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