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Sgt. Brent Burke sentenced to Life in Prison by Military Panel

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – A military panel sentenced Sgt. Brent Burke to life in prison without the possibility of parole here today, concluding the U.S. v. Sgt. Brent Burke general court martial. After two and a half hours of deliberation, the panel returned a finding of guilty on all charges.

The military had charged Burke with two specifications of premeditated murder; one specification of breaking and entering; three specifications of child endangerment; and one specification of obstructing justice/impeding an investigation. «Read the rest of this article»

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Brent Burke’s General Court-Martial Rescheduled for May

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – A general court-martial date for Sgt. Brent Burke has been rescheduled for May 2nd, 2012, after a continuance was accepted by the military judge and was agreed to by both the government and defense counsel.

Burke has been charged with violating clauses (1) and (4) of Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  “Article 118 of the UCMJ states that, “any person subject to this chapter whom without justification or excuse, unlawfully kills a human being, when he – (1) has a premeditated design to kill; (2) intends to kill or inflict great bodily harm; (3) is engaged in an act which is inherently dangerous to others and evinces a wanton disregard of human life; or (4) is engaged in the perpetration of burglary, sodomy, rape robbery, or aggravated arson; – is guilty of murder and shall suffer such punishment as a court-martial may direct, except that if found guilty under clause (1) or (4), he shall suffer death or imprisonment for life as a court-martial may direct.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Burke General Court-Martial Delayed

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The General Court-Martial for Sergeant Brent Burke has been delayed. Initially, the GCM was scheduled for February 6th–10th, 2012 – but a continuance was accepted by the military judge and was agreed to by both the government and defense counsel. A new trial date has not been set.

Burke has been charged with violating clauses (1) and (4) of Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. “Article 118 of the UCMJ states that, “any person subject to this chapter whom without justification or excuse, unlawfully kills a human being, when he – (1) has a premeditated design to kill; (2) intends to kill or inflict great bodily harm; (3) is engaged in an act which is inherently dangerous to others and evinces a wanton disregard of human life; or (4) is engaged in the perpetration of burglary, sodomy, rape robbery, or aggravated arson; – is guilty of murder and shall suffer such punishment as a court-martial may direct, except that if found guilty under clause (1) or (4), he shall suffer death or imprisonment for life as a court-martial may direct.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Burke recommended for General Court-Martial

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The investigating officer in the second Article 32 investigation held for Sgt. Brent Burke has recommended that the charges be referred to a general court-martial. A trial date has been set for February 6th, 2012.

Burke has been charged with violating clauses (1) and (4) of Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  “Article 118 of the UCMJ states that, “any person subject to this chapter whom without justification or excuse, unlawfully kills a human being, when he – (1) has a premeditated design to kill; (2) intends to kill or inflict great bodily harm; (3) is engaged in an act which is inherently dangerous to others and evinces a wanton disregard of human life; or (4) is engaged in the perpetration of burglary, sodomy, rape robbery, or aggravated arson; – is guilty of murder and shall suffer such punishment as a court-martial may direct, except that if found guilty under clause (1) or (4), he shall suffer death or imprisonment for life as a court-martial may direct.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Burke recommended for General Court-Martial

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The investigating officer in the Article 32 investigation held for Sgt. Brent Burke has recommended that the charges be referred to a general court-martial. A trial date has not yet been established.

Burke has been charged with violating Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which states that, “Article 118 of the UCMJ states that, “any person subject to this chapter whom without justification or excuse, unlawfully kills a human being, when he – (1) has a premeditated design to kill; (2) intends to kill or inflict great bodily harm; (3) is engaged in an act which is inherently dangerous to others and evinces a wanton disregard of human life; or (4) is engaged in the perpetration of burglary, sodomy, rape robbery, or aggravated arson; – is guilty of murder and shall suffer such punishment as a court-martial may direct, except that if found guilty under clause (1) or (4), he shall suffer death or imprisonment for life as a court-martial may direct.”

Burke has been placed in pre-trial confinement at a civilian confinement facility and will face a general court-martial, which is the most serious level of military courts. It consists of a judge, trial counsel, defense counsel, and at least five court members.

Under UCMJ, Burke is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Charges preferred against Brent Burke

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The U.S. Army charged Sgt. Brent Burke at around 3:00pm July 8th for violating Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Burke has formally been charged with two specifications of premeditated murder and it has been alleged “in that Sergeant (E-5) Brent A. Burke, U.S. Army, did at or near Rineyville, KY on or about September 11th, 2007, with premeditation, murder Tracy Burke by means of shooting her with a firearm and that he did, at or near Rineyville, KY, on or about September 11th, 2007, with premeditation, murder Karen Comer by means of shooting her with a firearm. «Read the rest of this article»

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