Army general could learn fate in sex case Thursday

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Associated Press

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 5:34 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 20 at 6:33 AM

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — An Army general who admitted breaking military law during improper relationships with three subordinates should learn his punishment Thursday.

After both sides finished closing arguments, Judge Col. James Pohl adjourned the hearing until Thursday morning.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair faces a maximum of more than 20 years in prison and dismissal from the Army, but will likely wind up with a far less severe punishment.

The judge could dismiss Sinclair from the Army, which would likely wipe out his health care and retirement benefits. If the judge allows Sinclair to retire from the military instead, Sinclair's commanding officer would decide whether to reduce Sinclair's rank — which could also cost him dearly in benefits.

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