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Sat Jan 13, 2018, 06:22 AM

Warrant officer sentenced in Navy's first Fat Leonard court-martial


Warrant officer sentenced in Navy's first ‘Fat Leonard’ court-martial

By: Mark D. Faram    14 hours ago

The Navy’s first court-martial in connection with the Leonard “Fat Leonard” Francis scandal ended with a guilty plea Jan. 11 in a military courtroom at Norfolk Naval Station. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brian T. Ware pleaded guilty to four specifications of a single charge of Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice — violation of lawful order — and two specifications of a single charge of Article 135 — graft.

Ware was sentenced by trial judge Capt. Deborah S. Mayer, of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, to six months confinement in the brig and a $10,000 fine. It will now be up to Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer to decide whether Ware will be allowed to retire, and if so, at which paygrade.

The Navy’s charges detail how Ware assisted Mr. Neal Peterson, who was the director of global operations for Glenn Defense Marine Asia, with ordering excess food service supplies — at Peterson’s urging — on multiple occasions. During this time, Ware served as the food service officer on the command ship Blue Ridge and later the carrier George Washington.

Ware was also charged with accepting gifts from Peterson and GDMA in the form of hotels, a car and driver and the use of a cell phone while visiting various ports.

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