United States v. PFC C.S.
Article 118, Murder
The Iraq surge in 2007 allowed PFC S.—a paranoid schizophrenic—to enter active duty. If it was not for the lowered admissions standards during this period, he never would have made it onto active duty. Despite mental health professionals advising the command not to deploy PFC S., the command deployed him to Iraq. The unit abandoned PFC S. in theater, leaving him unsupervised for three days as he rode a bus around a joint operating base. Under active delusions, PFC S. killed a local national because he believed the local national was implanting an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). After a six-day trial, PFC S. was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Result: The Army transferred PFC S. to a mental health hospital where he was eventually released. The Army medically separated PFC S.l and he is eligible for full VA Benefits.