HISTORY OF SUCCESS

Below is a partial list of our Warriors who have been wrongfully accused or convicted, and summaries of some of the value UAP has provided on their behalf. None of the following would have been possible without the support of United American Patriots. 

 

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.

ARMY

SPC MICHAEL WAGNON (CHARGES DISMISSED):


Specialist Michael Wagnon was charged with premeditated murder for the shooting death of an Afghan man. UAP provided support for Wagnon to have civilian counsel throughout the lengthy process and was payed for experts and other unusual expenses during key pretrial motions. Murder charges were dismissed by the government just before trial.




PFC COREY CLAGETT (SENTENCE REDUCED):


Private First Class Corey Clagett was convicted of murder and sentenced to 18 years confinement. UAP provided support for a civilian attorney to represent Clagett for the clemency and parole process. After a successful hearing before the Army Clemency & Parole Board, Corey was released after serving 10 years.




SGT MICHAEL WILLIAMS (SENTENCE REDUCED):


Sergeant Michael Williams was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years confinement. UAP provided support for a civilian attorney to represent Williams for the clemency and parole process. After a successful hearing before the Army Clemency & Parole Board, Michael was released after serving 10 years.




SGT DERRICK MILLER (SENTENCE REDUCED):


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 Leavenworth in May of 2019. SGT Derrick Miller is now working on Capitol Hill.




MAJ MATT GOLSTEYN (PRESIDENTIAL PARDON):


At the end of 2018, Major Matthew Golsteyn, a highly decorated Army Special Forces officer, was charged with premeditated murder of a Taliban bomb-maker, who is known to be responsible for the deaths of at least two U.S. Marines in Marjah, despite the prior conclusion of an Army Board of Inquiry that no clear evidence of any violation of the rules of engagement during Major Golsteyn’s 2010 deployment existed. A previous probe into Golsteyn’s actions was closed. On November 15, 2019, President Trump intervened in the case and used his Executive Clemency powers to pardon Major Matt Golsteyn. UAP continues to support Major Matt Golsteyn in his fight to have his Special Forces tab restored and his Distinguished Service Cross medal (that the Army had already approved) presented.




1SG JOHN HATLEY (PAROLED - AWAITING RELEASE):


On 16 April 2009, 1SG 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, which he is currently serving at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. In October 2019, the Army Clemency and Parole Board granted John parole. His release date is currently set for October 16, 2020.




1LT CLINT LORANCE (PRESIDENTIAL PARDON):


On November 15, 2019 President Trump intervened in 1LT Clint Lorance's case and granted him a Presidential Pardon. He was released from 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.




SPC ALAN MOSER (DISCHARGE UPGRADED):


Specialist Moser served with distinction in the 1-506 Infantry, 101st Airborne Division during many combat engagements. However, because he struck an enemy terrorist who bit him, Moser was administratively separated with a General Discharge and not authorized to re-enlist. The Army involuntarily discharged him, not only in the face of a distinguished combat record and high praise from fellow Soldiers with whom he served under fire, but also on his ETS date, which means that his discharge by law must be Honorable.




1LT MICHAEL BEHENNA (PRESIDENTIAL PARDON):


Former First Lieutenant Michael Behenna was granted a Presidential pardon in May 2019. Behenna was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone in 2009 following the killing of a suspected al-Qaida terrorist in Iraq. With the help of UAP, 1LT Behenna was paroled in 2014.





NAVY

LT JACOB PORTIER (SEAL) (CHARGES DISMISSED)


Admiral John Richardson, the chief of Naval Operations, dropped all charges against Navy SEAL Lt. Jacob X. Portier in August 2019, one month before he was set to face trial over charges of failing to report the alleged war crimes of fellow SEAL Eddie Gallagher. Following the dismissal of charges, Richardson ordered a review of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General Corps, which prosecuted Gallagher and Portier.




LT JASON L. WEBB (SEAL) (CHARGES DISMISSED):


In August 2019 the Navy Region Southwest's commander Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar put an end to a 2 and a half year case by dropping all war crime charges against Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Daniel V. Dambrosio Jr., special operator Chief Petty Officers Xavier Silva and David Swarts, and their former commanding officer, Lt. Jason L. Webb. The four members of SEAL Team 2 had been accused by military prosecutors of abusing detainees at Village Stability Platform Kalach in the Chora District of Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province on May 31, 2012. The four SEALs had voluntarily entered non-judicial punishment proceedings, a Trident Review Board and other disciplinary hearings and were cleared, only to be charged at court-martial on Jan. 19, 2017, with what they said was little new evidence brought to the case.




CPO XAVIER SILVA (SEAL) (CHARGES DISMISSED):


In August 2019 the Navy Region Southwest's commander Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar put an end to a 2 and a half year case by dropping all war crime charges against Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Daniel V. Dambrosio Jr., special operator Chief Petty Officers Xavier Silva and David Swarts, and their former commanding officer, Lt. Jason L. Webb. The four members of SEAL Team 2 had been accused by military prosecutors of abusing detainees at Village Stability Platform Kalach in the Chora District of Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province on May 31, 2012. The four SEALs had voluntarily entered non-judicial punishment proceedings, a Trident Review Board and other disciplinary hearings and were cleared, only to be charged at court-martial on Jan. 19, 2017, with what they said was little new evidence brought to the case.




CPO DAVID N. SWARTS (SEAL) (CHARGES DISMISSED):


In August 2019 the Navy Region Southwest's commander Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar put an end to a 2 and a half year case by dropping all war crime charges against Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Daniel V. Dambrosio Jr., special operator Chief Petty Officers Xavier Silva and David Swarts, and their former commanding officer, Lt. Jason L. Webb. The four members of SEAL Team 2 had been accused by military prosecutors of abusing detainees at Village Stability Platform Kalach in the Chora District of Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province on May 31, 2012. The four SEALs had voluntarily entered non-judicial punishment proceedings, a Trident Review Board and other disciplinary hearings and were cleared, only to be charged at court-martial on Jan. 19, 2017, with what they said was little new evidence brought to the case.




PO1 DANIEL V. D'AMBROSIO JR. (SEAL) (CHARGES DISMISSED):


In August 2019 the Navy Region Southwest's commander Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar put an end to a 2 and a half year case by dropping all war crime charges against Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Daniel V. Dambrosio Jr., special operator Chief Petty Officers Xavier Silva and David Swarts, and their former commanding officer, Lt. Jason L. Webb. The four members of SEAL Team 2 had been accused by military prosecutors of abusing detainees at Village Stability Platform Kalach in the Chora District of Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province on May 31, 2012. The four SEALs had voluntarily entered non-judicial punishment proceedings, a Trident Review Board and other disciplinary hearings and were cleared, only to be charged at court-martial on Jan. 19, 2017, with what they said was little new evidence brought to the case.





MARINE CORPS

1STLT SHAWN BLAIR (CHARGES DISMISSED):


After some of the most intense combat in Afghanistan in 2010, First Lieutenant Shawn Blair was wrongly accused of 2 specifications of attempted murder, aggravated assaults, and other lesser offenses. With UAP’s support, Blair’s attorneys were able to enlist expert witnesses, a psychodramatist, a graphic arts expert, and fund the substantial travel expenses which allowed Blair’s attorney to travel to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for motions and extensive trial preparations 10 times. Ultimately, Blair was found not guilty of murder and assault.




GYSGT HOGAN, SSGT FAGAN, AND MARLOW (CHARGES DISMISSED):


Gunnery Sergeant Tim Hogan, Staff Sergeant Trey Fagan, and Mr. Michael Marlow – all part of U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) – were suspected of murdering a Taliban man. UAP provided support for Hogan, Fagan, and Marlow’s civilian defense team, before any charges were filed, to keep the US Attorneys from going forward in federal court.




SSGT FRANK WUTERICH (CHARGES DISMISSED):


Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich was the primary accused in the so-called “Haditha Massacre.” This was an extremely complex case which lasted six years. UAP provided continuous support for Wuterich to keep all of his civilian attorneys and enlist a graphic arts expert who made trial exhibits (animations and illustrations) which ultimately led to all homicide charges being dismissed at trial.




SGT LARRY HUTCHINS (CASE OVERTURNED):


Sergeant Larry Hutchins the squad leader in the “Hamdania War Crimes” case who was charged with premeditated murder. Hutchins was convicted and sentenced to 15 years. UAP provided support after the conviction which ensured a successful appeal and the case was overturned. On retrial, Hutchins was given time served and served no additional confinement time.




CPL JONNY SERNA (CHARGES DISMISSED):


Corporal Jonny Serna and two other Marines were charged with murder of two Taliban combatants in Afghanistan. UAP provided support for three civilian defense attorneys to represent the accused and work together through the charged period. Charges against all three were dismissed. (Serna pictured second from right)





ALL

1STLT SHAWN BLAIR (CHARGES DISMISSED):


After some of the most intense combat in Afghanistan in 2010, First Lieutenant Shawn Blair was wrongly accused of 2 specifications of attempted murder, aggravated assaults, and other lesser offenses. With UAP’s support, Blair’s attorneys were able to enlist expert witnesses, a psychodramatist, a graphic arts expert, and fund the substantial travel expenses which allowed Blair’s attorney to travel to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for motions and extensive trial preparations 10 times. Ultimately, Blair was found not guilty of murder and assault.




GYSGT HOGAN, SSGT FAGAN, AND MARLOW (CHARGES DISMISSED):


Gunnery Sergeant Tim Hogan, Staff Sergeant Trey Fagan, and Mr. Michael Marlow – all part of U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) – were suspected of murdering a Taliban man. UAP provided support for Hogan, Fagan, and Marlow’s civilian defense team, before any charges were filed, to keep the US Attorneys from going forward in federal court.




SSGT FRANK WUTERICH (CHARGES DISMISSED):


Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich was the primary accused in the so-called “Haditha Massacre.” This was an extremely complex case which lasted six years. UAP provided continuous support for Wuterich to keep all of his civilian attorneys and enlist a graphic arts expert who made trial exhibits (animations and illustrations) which ultimately led to all homicide charges being dismissed at trial.




CPL JONNY SERNA (CHARGES DISMISSED):


Corporal Jonny Serna and two other Marines were charged with murder of two Taliban combatants in Afghanistan. UAP provided support for three civilian defense attorneys to represent the accused and work together through the charged period. Charges against all three were dismissed. (Serna pictured second from right)




SGT LARRY HUTCHINS (CASE OVERTURNED):


Sergeant Larry Hutchins the squad leader in the “Hamdania War Crimes” case who was charged with premeditated murder. Hutchins was convicted and sentenced to 15 years. UAP provided support after the conviction which ensured a successful appeal and the case was overturned. On retrial, Hutchins was given time served and served no additional confinement time.




LT JASON L. WEBB (SEAL) (CHARGES DISMISSED):


In August 2019 the Navy Region Southwest's commander Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar put an end to a 2 and a half year case by dropping all war crime charges against Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Daniel V. Dambrosio Jr., special operator Chief Petty Officers Xavier Silva and David Swarts, and their former commanding officer, Lt. Jason L. Webb. The four members of SEAL Team 2 had been accused by military prosecutors of abusing detainees at Village Stability Platform Kalach in the Chora District of Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province on May 31, 2012. The four SEALs had voluntarily entered non-judicial punishment proceedings, a Trident Review Board and other disciplinary hearings and were cleared, only to be charged at court-martial on Jan. 19, 2017, with what they said was little new evidence brought to the case.




CPO XAVIER SILVA (SEAL) (CHARGES DISMISSED):


In August 2019 the Navy Region Southwest's commander Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar put an end to a 2 and a half year case by dropping all war crime charges against Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Daniel V. Dambrosio Jr., special operator Chief Petty Officers Xavier Silva and David Swarts, and their former commanding officer, Lt. Jason L. Webb. The four members of SEAL Team 2 had been accused by military prosecutors of abusing detainees at Village Stability Platform Kalach in the Chora District of Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province on May 31, 2012. The four SEALs had voluntarily entered non-judicial punishment proceedings, a Trident Review Board and other disciplinary hearings and were cleared, only to be charged at court-martial on Jan. 19, 2017, with what they said was little new evidence brought to the case.




CPO DAVID N. SWARTS (SEAL) (CHARGES DISMISSED):


In August 2019 the Navy Region Southwest's commander Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar put an end to a 2 and a half year case by dropping all war crime charges against Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Daniel V. Dambrosio Jr., special operator Chief Petty Officers Xavier Silva and David Swarts, and their former commanding officer, Lt. Jason L. Webb. The four members of SEAL Team 2 had been accused by military prosecutors of abusing detainees at Village Stability Platform Kalach in the Chora District of Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province on May 31, 2012. The four SEALs had voluntarily entered non-judicial punishment proceedings, a Trident Review Board and other disciplinary hearings and were cleared, only to be charged at court-martial on Jan. 19, 2017, with what they said was little new evidence brought to the case.




LT JACOB PORTIER (SEAL) (CHARGES DISMISSED)


Admiral John Richardson, the chief of Naval Operations, dropped all charges against Navy SEAL Lt. Jacob X. Portier in August 2019, one month before he was set to face trial over charges of failing to report the alleged war crimes of fellow SEAL Eddie Gallagher. Following the dismissal of charges, Richardson ordered a review of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General Corps, which prosecuted Gallagher and Portier.




1LT MICHAEL BEHENNA (PRESIDENTIAL PARDON):


Former First Lieutenant Michael Behenna was granted a Presidential pardon in May 2019. Behenna was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone in 2009 following the killing of a suspected al-Qaida terrorist in Iraq. With the help of UAP, 1LT Behenna was paroled in 2014.




MAJ MATT GOLSTEYN (PRESIDENTIAL PARDON):


At the end of 2018, Major Matthew Golsteyn, a highly decorated Army Special Forces officer, was charged with premeditated murder of a Taliban bomb-maker, who is known to be responsible for the deaths of at least two U.S. Marines in Marjah, despite the prior conclusion of an Army Board of Inquiry that no clear evidence of any violation of the rules of engagement during Major Golsteyn’s 2010 deployment existed. A previous probe into Golsteyn’s actions was closed. On November 15, 2019, President Trump intervened in the case and used his Executive Clemency powers to pardon Major Matt Golsteyn. UAP continues to support Major Matt Golsteyn in his fight to have his Special Forces tab restored and his Distinguished Service Cross medal (that the Army had already approved) presented.




1LT CLINT LORANCE (PRESIDENTIAL PARDON):


On November 15, 2019 President Trump intervened in 1LT Clint Lorance's case and granted him a Presidential Pardon. He was released from 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.




1SG JOHN HATLEY (PAROLED - AWAITING RELEASE):


On 16 April 2009, 1SG 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, which he is currently serving at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. In October 2019, the Army Clemency and Parole Board granted John parole. His release date is currently set for October 16, 2020.




SGT DERRICK MILLER (SENTENCE REDUCED):


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 Leavenworth in May of 2019. SGT Derrick Miller is now working on Capitol Hill.




SGT MICHAEL WILLIAMS (SENTENCE REDUCED):


Sergeant Michael Williams was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years confinement. UAP provided support for a civilian attorney to represent Williams for the clemency and parole process. After a successful hearing before the Army Clemency & Parole Board, Michael was released after serving 10 years.




SPC ALAN MOSER (DISCHARGE UPGRADED):


Specialist Moser served with distinction in the 1-506 Infantry, 101st Airborne Division during many combat engagements. However, because he struck an enemy terrorist who bit him, Moser was administratively separated with a General Discharge and not authorized to re-enlist. The Army involuntarily discharged him, not only in the face of a distinguished combat record and high praise from fellow Soldiers with whom he served under fire, but also on his ETS date, which means that his discharge by law must be Honorable.




SPC MICHAEL WAGNON (CHARGES DISMISSED):


Specialist Michael Wagnon was charged with premeditated murder for the shooting death of an Afghan man. UAP provided support for Wagnon to have civilian counsel throughout the lengthy process and was payed for experts and other unusual expenses during key pretrial motions. Murder charges were dismissed by the government just before trial.




PFC COREY CLAGETT (SENTENCE REDUCED):


Private First Class Corey Clagett was convicted of murder and sentenced to 18 years confinement. UAP provided support for a civilian attorney to represent Clagett for the clemency and parole process. After a successful hearing before the Army Clemency & Parole Board, Corey was released after serving 10 years.




PO1 DANIEL V. D'AMBROSIO JR. (SEAL) (CHARGES DISMISSED):


In August 2019 the Navy Region Southwest's commander Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar put an end to a 2 and a half year case by dropping all war crime charges against Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Daniel V. Dambrosio Jr., special operator Chief Petty Officers Xavier Silva and David Swarts, and their former commanding officer, Lt. Jason L. Webb. The four members of SEAL Team 2 had been accused by military prosecutors of abusing detainees at Village Stability Platform Kalach in the Chora District of Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province on May 31, 2012. The four SEALs had voluntarily entered non-judicial punishment proceedings, a Trident Review Board and other disciplinary hearings and were cleared, only to be charged at court-martial on Jan. 19, 2017, with what they said was little new evidence brought to the case.





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