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Army general sex case sentencing nears conclusion

Army general expected to deliver statement as sex case sentencing nears conclusion

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — An Army general who had inappropriate relationships with subordinates appeared to break down in tears as a letter from his wife was read in court.

A defense attorney for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair read the letter Wednesday at his sentencing hearing before a military judge.

Sinclair buried his head in his hands, appeared to cry and dabbed his eyes with two tissues.

His wife writes that she hasn’t fully forgiven her husband but doesn’t want the Army to punish him and his family further.

Sinclair was expected to deliver his own statement after a short recess. Closing arguments by both sides are expected before the judge decides on his sentence.

Sinclair had been accused of sexual assault during his affair with one subordinate, but the charges were dropped as part of a plea deal. Adultery is a violation of military law.

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