On February 08, 2012 Staff Sergeant Alfred Edward Esposito was found guilty of a crime he did not commit. MAJ. Ku (Sentencing Judge) openly admitted to committing "Legal Error" by disregarding the Statue of limitations and stated that the defendant (SSG Esposito) can address this issue during his appeals process.
When the case arrived at the desk of COL. Rothstein, MI Commanding he concurred with the approval of the sentence. Corresponding outcome would occur when the case was referred to the Army Criminal Court of Appeals level.
No "ground breaking evidence" or "explanation" was provided to support the "additional charge" he was found GUILTY of; which subsequently contradicts the charges he was found NOT GUILTY of.
His Company Commander (CPT DuPerre) who initially imposed the charges to SSG Esposito found himself now perplexed by the sequence of events and noticed the prejudice within it, so much to the fact that he himself (HHC, CDR, CPT DuPerre) testified on the character and integrity witnessed by him during his command over SSG Esposito. (Honorable mention for standing up in the face of adversity for what's right Sir, HOOAH)
In no way do I expect my plea for justice to solely derive from my words alone, as they are just sympathetic verbiage documented; however, allow the driving force of your decision to procure from the one page verdict and the inadvertence within it.
SSG Esposito, Alfred received a: "Conviction in a General Court Martial", "Bad Conduct Discharge", "12 months Confinement at the Joint Regional Correctional Facility, at Fort Leavenworth", "Forfeiture of all pay and allowances", "Reduction to E1/PVT", "Loss of many benefits earned over the decade plus he served".
Leaders please utilize your position / influence to assist in others realizing that a terrible mistake was made which has caused a life changing ripple effect on ALL lives connected to the branches on the Esposito tree.
As a people, in no way are we perfect at anything we do. This includes our military and civilian counterparts alike; so I'm sure a hiccup or lack of judgment in decision making holds a place somewhere in us all, however, furnished upon request are countless documentation, citations, certificates, awards, reference letters, and just awesome powerful words and testimony from the U.S. Army, key leaders, senior and subordinates' alike, family, friends, and even acquaintances which can be furnished that will capture SSG Esposito, Alfred in all of his glory.
Our Army needs determined, consistent, mission ready leaders whom can continue to impact young Soldiers all the while preserving the true essence of The Army Values and Mission. Please reinstate this NCO so he can continue to be what he was created to be, Rifleman, Soldier, and Leader.