Ft. Bragg general Sinclair gets lesser sentence, avoids jail time
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WTVD) — Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair was sentenced to a loss of pay, early retirement, and no prison Thursday for admitting to breaking military law during improper relationships with three subordinates.
According to WTVD, Sinclair will hand over $5,000 a month for four months.
The sentence was the lightest the general could have received.
In closing arguments, prosecutors argued that Sinclair should be thrown out of the Army and lose his military benefits, while the defense said that would have harmed his innocent wife and children the most.
Sinclair’s sentencing comes as the military and Congress grapple with sex crimes in the ranks.
The general admitted he mistreated a captain under his command during a three-year affair and had improper relationships with two other women.
He also pleaded guilty to adultery, a crime in the military, as well as using his government-issued credit card to pay for trips to see his mistress and other conduct unbecoming an officer.
The 51-year-old general had been accused of twice forcing the female captain to perform oral sex during the three-year affair, but the sexual assault charges were dropped as part of the plea deal.
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