The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces has denied former Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart‘s appeal of the wrongful conviction and sentence handed down by a court-martial panel in Germany almost 39 months ago.
The CAAF decision came today, almost four months after the Army Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the soldier’s conviction and sentence. Stewart’s sentence came at the end of a two-day military trial in August 2009 during which Stewart was found guilty of a handful of sexual assault charges after a German woman alleged she had been raped and kidnapped by the soldier.
Now, unless the highly-decorated combat veteran receives a presidential pardon, he will likely bear the “sex offender” label for the rest of his life.
To gain an understanding of how Stewart’s prosecution went down, read “THE BASICS” of his case.
To read the never-before-published details obtained through interviews with the key players and access to the actual Record of Trial, order a copy of the book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice. a