Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Seventh Soldier Found Guilty in Suicide of Pvt. Danny Chen

A seventh soldier has been found guilty in connection with the suicide of Pvt. Danny Chen.

Jurors in the court-martial of Staff Sgt. Andrew Van Bockel, 27, found him guilty of hazing, as well as dereliction of duty and maltreatment.

The latter charges specifically pertained to racist nicknames for Chen and orders that the 19-year-old speak Chinese.

Liz OuYang, who has served as a spokeswoman for Chen’s parents, said that Van Bockel argued in court that his treatment of Chen was “corrective training” intended to make the greenhorn a better soldier.

“This verdict shows it was not corrective training, it was torture,” OuYang said.
The jury will deliberate on the sentence Wednesday.

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