Special Operations ChiefNavy SEAL, who was acquitted on Tuesday of the assassination of an ISIS prisoner, will not spend any extra time after taking a photo with a corpse and publishing it on Facebook. The jury reduced Gallagher's rank by one notch to First Officer Sergeant and ordered a monthly pay cut of $ 2,697 for four months.
The acquitting military jury had recommended a four-month prison sentence, a four-month wage cut, and a downgrade from rank to first-rank sergeant. The judge changed the ruling on Wednesday by limiting the pay cut to two months and granting Gallagher 60 days credit for excessively harsh conditions before being brought to trial and deprived of treatment for a traumatic brain injury.
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The sentence does not become effective until approved by the commanding officer of the court-martial.
Gallagher told CBS San Diego subsidiary KFMB-TV that he feels "alright". "It's okay, you know, the jury came to the verdict and I trust them," he said.
Previously, Gallagher turned to the jury, which had acquitted him on Tuesday for murder, attempted murder, and other charges in 2017 deployment in Iraq. "I have a black eye on the two communities I love – the US Marine Corps and the US Navy – especially on the SEAL community," he said.
He said he tried to set a good example but did not always succeed.
"During my 20-year career, I have made mistakes – tactically, ethically, morally – I am not perfect, but I have always rebounded from my mistakes, I am ready to recover," he said.
A Marine prosecutor had only asked for a reduction in rank, not a restriction. The defense did not recommend punishment. Gallagher told the jury that he was fully responsible for his actions on the day he photographed the body of the 17-year-old militant.
A picture shows him clasping the corpse's hair with one hand and holding a knife another.
The photos were taken after Gallagher and other SEALs medically treated the prisoner wounded in an air raid in 2017 and handed over by Iraqi forces. The prosecutor, Lieutenant Brian John, said Gallagher was the platoon commander and should not have been the centerpiece of the photos on which almost all members posed with the body. John said Gallagher should have stopped taking the photos.
"For this reason, he no longer deserves to anchor," said the prosecutor.
John said the photos have the potential to be used by ISIS as propaganda and be harmful to US forces overseas. The verdict, with which Gallagher was freed from the most serious charges, attracted a great deal of attention.
President Trump, who intervened earlier this year to tweet Gallagher of the brig into a less restrictive detention, congratulated the SEAL and his family. "They've been through a lot together, I'm glad I could help!" the president wrote.
The result dealt a major blow to one of the Navy's best-known war criminal cases and revealed a generational conflict among elite special forces. Asked in an interview on Wednesday at Fox & Friends what his message to future Navy SEALs might be, Gallagher said he would tell them that "loyalty is a trait that seems to be lost … you are there to take care of your brother's back, and he's here to take care of your back. "
Gallagher said of his prosecutors," This small group of SEALs who have decided not to invent this story in any way, represent the community that I love. "
Gallagher also thanked Fox News" for us from day one, "and also thanked Mr. Trump along with republican representatives. Duncan Hunter from California and Ralph Norman from South Carolina her boss. They said the lead investigator built the probe around their stories rather than looking for the truth.
They said there was no physical evidence to support the allegations, as no corpse was ever recovered and examined by a pathologist. The prosecution said Gallagher had been burdened with his own text messages and photos, including one holding the dead man by the hair and holding a knife in his other hand.
"Got him with my hunting knife," Gallagher wrote a text with the photo.
The defense said it was just gallows humor, pointing out that nearly all of the train members who testified against him also posed with the corpse. The jury of five marines and two sailors, including a SEAL, consisted mainly of veteran war veterans who had served in Iraq. Several lost friends in the war.