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Fourth soldier convicted in comrade's hazing-related suicide

Posted August 23, 2012

— A fourth soldier has been convicted in the hazing-related suicide of a 19-year-old Asian-American soldier in Afghanistan last year.

Sgt. Travis Carden was found guilty Wednesday during a summary court-martial of hazing and maltreatment in the death of Pvt. Danny Chen.

Authorities say Chen shot himself last October in a guard tower at a southern Afghanistan outpost after weeks of physical and emotional abuse.

Carden was sentenced to reduction in rank to E-4 and forfeiture of two-thirds of his pay for one month.

Earlier this month, Staff Sgt. Blaine G. Dugas Jr. was sentenced to three months in prison and a one-rank demotion; Spc. Ryan J. Offutt was sentenced to six months in prison, demotion to private and a bad conduct discharge; and Sgt. Adam Holcomb was sentenced to 30 days in prison and the loss of one rank.

All of the defendants 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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  • racheliza Aug 23, 2012

    Wow, so the military chooses to keep these guys around despite their abhorable behavior toward one of their own. I appreciate the service of the men and women in our military, but this is insane. I am so sorry for the victim's family.

  • Uhavenoclu Aug 23, 2012

    How can you honestly say that they protect and serve our country when they cannot protect one of their own?............I PROTECT MY FREEDOM,YOU PROTECT YOUR FREEDOM HERE ON OUR SOIL NOT IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY.......I SERVE MY COUNTRY ,YOU SERVE YOUR COUNTRY BY WORKING,BY THE ECONOMY BY PURCHASING BY PAYING OUR TAXES..........ANYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH THAT CAN LEAVE THIS COUNTRY.