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A former commander of the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay was convicted Friday of interfering with an investigation into the death of a civilian with whom the commander had fought and argued over his affair with the man's wife.
A federal jury in Jacksonville convicted Navy Capt. John R. Nettleton on charges of obstruction of justice, concealing material facts, falsifying records and making false statements.
Nettleton - Command - Christopher - Tur - Waters
Nettleton was removed from command shortly after civilian Christopher Tur was found floating in the waters off the base on the southeastern coast of Cuba in January 2015. Nettleton had commanded the base since June 2012, but not the detention center where suspected terrorists are held.
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Nettleton - Tur - Death - Years - Guidelines
Nettleton wasn't charged with Tur's death. He could get 75 years, but sentencing guidelines suggest his term will be significantly less.
“Nettleton dishonored his oath and impeded the investigation into a civilian’s tragic death, preventing much needed closure for the family and friends of the deceased,” Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski said after the verdict, according to The Florida Times-Union. “Today’s verdict demonstrates the department’s steadfast commitment to holding accountable those who abuse their positions of public trust and obstruct justice.”
Tur - Siblings - Statement - Prosecutors - Jury
Tur's siblings issued a statement thanking prosecutors and the jury, but added “unfortunately this trial has brought us more questions. ... We will not stop until we have answers.”
Nettleton denied to his superior officer and others that he had the affair, but investigators later determined that it had happened, according to prosecutors in Jacksonville, where Nettleton had been on temporary duty. Tur's wife confirmed the affair...
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