NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – A U.S. Navy SEAL has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the hazing death of a U.S. Army Green Beret while the men served together in Africa.
The Navy says Tony DeDolph received the sentence Saturday from a jury of fellow servicemember at a Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia.
He pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter earlier this month.
DeDolph had placed Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar into a chokehold to try to make him temporarily lose consciousness during what the SEAL said was a prank.
But Melgar, a Fort Bragg soldier, died of strangulation.
DeDolph is one of four service members to be charged in the Melgar’s 2017 death in the African country of Mali.