U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Kelly A. Stewart was a highly-decorated combat veteran, had an unblemished military record and stood among the best of the best as one of the world’s most-elite warriors. He was a Green Beret. Everything changed after he was accused of rape and kidnapping by a 28-year-old German woman.
Inside a U.S. military courtroom in Germany in August 2009, both parties admitted to having had a one-night stand. But that’s where the similarities end in their accounts of what transpired inside his Stuttgart hotel room.
During the first two days of the trial, prosecutors presented no physical evidence and/or eyewitnesses to the alleged crimes. Instead, their case was based almost entirely on the testimony of the accuser, a one-time mental patient who, with the backing of the German government, refused to allow her medical records to be entered as evidence.At 15 minutes before midnight on the trial’s second day, Stewart was found guilty on several counts and the court was adjourned. The following morning, he was sentenced to eight years behind bars at Fort Leavenworth and branded a “sex offender” for life.
Ten months into his sentence, Stewart was flown back to Germany for a post-trial hearing during which the new witnesses revealed that Stewart’s accuser had lied several times during the trial. Sadly, their words were largely ignored by the military judge — but not entirely by a one-star general able to change Stewart’s life.
Three months later, the general took five years off of Stewart’s sentence and, among other things, made him eligible for parole immediately. In Army terms, “immediately” meant he was released March 31, 2011.
Stewart spent the next 18 months working in a family member’s business on the East Coast and fighting unsuccessfully for a new trial. Then, on Aug. 20, 2012, his sentence ended and, technically, he became free.
Based on extensive interviews and never-before-published details taken from the actual Record of Trial, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice by Bob McCarty paints a portrait of military justice gone awry that’s certain to make your blood boil.
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