Stryker soldier discharged, sentenced for assault on comrade

Tacoma News TribuneFebruary 24, 2011 

A Stryker soldier from Montesano was discharged from the Army and sentenced to 60 days of hard labor Wednesday after he was convicted of assaulting a comrade who blew the whistle on drug use in their platoon during a deployment to Afghanistan last year.

Spc. Adam Kelly, 26, also was found guilty of conspiring to harm the whistleblower, Spc. Justin Stoner. Kelly was found not guilty of using drugs during the deployment and not guilty of trying to obstruct an Army investigation.

Kelly made a strong play to stay in the Army even after he pleaded guilty to joining six other soldiers in assaulting Stoner at their base in May.

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