UAP generates public awareness, funds legal representation, and provides reintegration support for our nation’s Warriors to preserve our rights, defend our defenders, and enhance our communities. Thankfully, over the years, UAP has been present to witness the release of several unjustly convicted American Warriors from prison after fighting to receive a pardon or parole for them. Here are 3 of the top soldier homecoming videos after their release from Fort Leavenworth.
None of the following would have been possible without the support of United American Patriots and our loyal supporters.
It is significant to note, unlike the high rate of recidivism for civilians who have been released or who have had charges dismissed, not one of these Warriors has even been charged with another crime since their initial charges or since being released from prison.
1SG JOHN HATLEY
On 16 April 2009, U.S. Army 1st Sergeant John Hatley was court-martialed and found guilty of premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit premeditated murder of four Iraqi detainees in 2007 near Baghdad. According to evidence and testimony presented at Hatley’s trial, the Iraqis were taken into custody after an exchange of fire with Hatley’s unit. Hatley was sentenced to life in prison with an opportunity for parole, reduction to E-1, and forfeiture of all pay and allowances. This is despite the lack of any ballistic or forensic evidence, but based solely on the testimony of a few soldiers who had taken pre-trial agreements in exchange for testimony leading to his conviction.
John’s sentence was reduced by the convening authority to 40-years. In June 2016, his
sentence was further reduced to 25 years by the Army Clemency and Parole Board, where he was serving at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, KS. In October 2019, the Army Clemency and Parole Board granted John parole. He was released on October 16, 2020.
SGT DERRICK MILLER
U.S. Army Sergeant Derrick Miller was convicted of murder and given a life sentence. UAP provided support for a civilian attorney to represent Miller for the clemency and parole process. After a successful hearing before the Army Clemency & Parole Board, Derrick’s life sentence was reduced to 20 years. SGT Miller had a successful parole hearing in February of 2019, and was released from Fort Leavenworth in May of 2019.
Derrick is now working on Capitol Hill.
1LT CLINT LORANCE
On November 15, 2019 President Trump intervened in U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant Clint Lorance‘s case and granted him a Presidential Pardon. He was released from Fort Leavenworth prison later that evening and reunited with family after serving more than six years of a nineteen year sentence.
Lorance never fired his rifle, but gave the order to fire to protect his soldiers after a paratrooper saw three Afghan men on a single motorcycle speeding at the Platoon’s patrol through a minefield. The Army claimed the riders were civilian casualties, but fingerprint and DNA evidence shows they left their prints and DNA on improvised explosive devices, which the prosecution did not disclose. Additionally, the prosecution did not disclose an Army Report that concluded Lorance’s platoon was being scouted for an impending attack or ambush and that at least one insurgent was killed. Nine soldiers were initially accused of murder, but given immunity and ordered to cooperate against Lorance.
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