Soldier Sentenced To Prison For Desertion

A soldier from Arkansas has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to desertion.

Spc. Cliff Cornell fled to Canada in 2005 to avoid deploying to Iraq.

Besides the prison sentence Tuesday, he was reduced in rank to private and given a bad conduct discharge.

The 28-year-old from Mountain Home, Ark., returned to Georgia's Fort Stewart in February after the Canadian government denied him asylum as a war objector.

He had faced up to five years in prison on the desertion charge.


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  • by sandy Location: Mt. Home on May 5, 2009 at 08:51 PM
    I do not understand, I signed up and did my time with honor. as soldiers we are expected to follow orders, we may not agree with the fight, but we do not send others in our place. good men and women have died serving this country, do not disrespect them.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on May 3, 2009 at 07:53 PM
    He's a coward and a fruad and should have been sentenced much more harshly. These cowardly wimps know what they are signing up for when they do it. This pitiful excuse for a human being didn't have any problem spending the pay that was deposited in his account before this scheduled deployment I'm sure.
  • by DK Location: Greenville on May 3, 2009 at 08:44 AM
    How does quitting your job get you prison time? And to WITN Moderator: Whats up with the Wrinkles ad in the right side bar. It is obviously junk. The woman in the photo has been doctored up in photoshop to remove the wrinkles. It wasnt the product that fixed her busted face. Why do you have these types of junk ads on your site?
  • by ace Location: plymouth on May 3, 2009 at 06:19 AM
    Deserves a metal, Iknow what kind of metal I would give him and I know where I would put it.
  • by Craig Location: G-ville on May 3, 2009 at 05:06 AM
    Delta: worry about your own generation...Beacause of your generation, I have to deal with this racism crap....
  • by Delta Location: Greenville on May 2, 2009 at 09:52 PM
    Deserves a metal, you obviously have not served. Maybe thats just todays military. When you sign up you sign up with free will pledging to do what your country asks of you whether you agree with it or not. He walked away from his obligations and he got what he deserved. Really he got less so he got off easy. I don"t necessarly agree with everything concerning iraq war but when you committ yourself you see it through. Its not just deserting the military, its deserting your brothers in arms. If you have done your time you understand what I am talking about. If you have trained together, bled together you are more than friends, you are family. And you don"t walk away from family. Then again in this generation I quess you do.
  • by Rob Location: In Route to Paris on May 2, 2009 at 02:46 PM
    He deserves a medal for what he did.
  • by William Location: ENC on May 2, 2009 at 12:38 PM
    This story really RAN AWAY with me.
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