State News

Former Bragg soldier gets 167-year sentence for sex assaults

Posted February 19, 2013

— A former Fort Bragg soldier has been sentenced to 167 years in prison after pleaded guilty to seven assaults on women.

Aaron Michael Pernell, 25, pleaded guilty Monday in a Hoke County courtroom.

The sentence is in addition to the 50 years he already is serving in a federal prison for a December 2009 sex assault of the wife of a deployed soldier in her Fort Bragg home.

The Army specialist was dishonorably discharged after his court-martial.

Pernell was accused of raping or trying to assault seven women away from the post in 2008 and 2009. Four of the cases were in Cumberland County, and the other three were in Hoke County.

Women told investigators that their attacker broke into their apartments in the middle of the night.

Pernell told Army investigators that "Jason," a voice inside his head, instructed him to attack women.

Family members have said that Pernell returned from a 15-month deployment to Iraq in 2006 as a changed, troubled man.

18 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • lwe1967 Feb 19, 7:35 p.m.

    Don't ever let him out. Make him serve the 167 years, if he lives.

  • pipcolt Feb 19, 3:55 p.m.

    An outcome that fits the crime. Its about time, now why did it take so long?

  • sunshine1040 Feb 19, 3:46 p.m.

    If a background check was done we would have found a young man with problems before he went to war also.

  • sillymee Feb 19, 3:43 p.m.

    Well, let's see what advice 'Jason' has for his buddy now.

  • shanemane1986 Feb 19, 2:37 p.m.

    Same with old folks who shoots bus driver and kidnaps a child and holding him hostage for less than a week... It's not about age...

  • peace2u Feb 19, 1:20 p.m.

    good - lesson learned- maybe other crimes should have stiffer punishments too - teach these young ones a lesson in life - think of your future before committing all these acts of crime

    Drastic times call for drastic measures...good point. Young men these days are out if control.

  • Grand Union Feb 19, 12:45 p.m.

    "good - lesson learned- maybe other crimes should have stiffer punishments too - teach these young ones a lesson in life - think of your future before committing all these acts of crime"

    The US already has the highest incarceration rate in the world plus the stiffest sentencing in the Western World so, no, this will likely have no affect whatsoever on crime rates.
    The mistake you are making is thinking that criminals think that much about the consequences of their actions.....

    'EVERY adult makes a choice to do right or do wrong."

    Really? please show that to be the case......what kind of rational choice would it be to rape someone for a few minutes "pleasure" versus many years in jail even for a first offense?
    We need to protect ourselves from monsters like Pernell but its very unlikely he "chose" to be what he is in any meaningful sense of the word........

  • marciamal1 Feb 19, 12:32 p.m.

    good - lesson learned- maybe other crimes should have stiffer punishments too - teach these young ones a lesson in life - think of your future before committing all these acts of crime

  • Obamacare rises Feb 19, 12:20 p.m.

    Boy is he going to be old when he gets out.

  • chrisnrali Feb 19, 12:14 p.m.

    Changed? are you trying to be funny? EVERY adult makes a choice to do right or do wrong. I hope he is rehabilitated on his 166th year :)

More...