Army general expected to enter plea bargain, New York Times reports
An Army general has reportedly agreed to enter a guilty plea as early as Monday in a move that could end a high profile sexual assault case that has plagued the military for the past two years, according to a report from the New York Times on Sunday.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, who was the deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, will reportedly have some of the charges brought by his mistress of three years dismissed in lieu of the plea bargain.
According to the New York Times, the charges to be dismissed include threatening her family, forcing her to perform oral sex twice in Afghanistan and performing consensual “open and notorious sexual acts.”
Officials had announced on Friday that a new hearing for the married general would be set for Monday, March 17 at Fort Bragg. The trial had previously been postponed to allow for potential plea negotiations.
Prosecutors will likely push for General Sinclair to receive prison time. The defense is expected to cite that in similar cases sentencing did not include jail time. They will also emphasize that he will retire at a lower rank, taking a retirement pay cut of more than $1 million.
The case against General Sinclair took a hit earlier this year when the prosecution determined the chief witness — the general’s mistress and a captain in the military — potentially lied in a pretrial hearing while under oath.
In February his lawyers filed a motion to have sexual assault charges dropped, for which he would face life in prison if convicted.
Judge Col. James Pohl, who is presiding over the case, decided against dismissing the charges, but instead allowed the defense team another chance at a plea deal.