Soldier Gets 9 Months In Prison For Stabbing Death

A 24-year-old soldier who fatally stabbed a paratrooper from Virginia while horsing around in a tent in Iraq has been sentenced to nine months in prison, demoted to private and given a bad conduct discharge.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that Spc. Nicholas Bailey was hoping to avoid prison by taking a plea deal Friday in the 2010 death of 19-year-old Spc. Morganne McBeth, of Fredericksburg, Va.

Authorities say Bailey was yelling and stabbing a poster when he accidentally cut McBeth, who was standing behind him.

Bailey apologized to McBeth's family, and McBeth's mother asked the military judge not to sentence Bailey to prison because it would destroy two families.


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  • by MHC Location: MHC on Mar 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM
    they should make him work for the us government for free for the rest of his days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Maxine Location: Maryland on Mar 12, 2012 at 08:26 AM
    Something about this doesn't sound right. I think that his intentions were romantic and she may have rebuffed his advances. What was the nature of their friendship? So sorry for her family.
  • by HUH! on Mar 11, 2012 at 05:09 PM
    He could have stabbed 3 more and got 3 years and out for good behavior in 28 months. WOW! what a system,What a judge.
  • by Medic on Mar 10, 2012 at 09:13 PM
    I was the paramedic that took care of Spc. McBeth the night that she recieved her injuries and died in Al Asad. The entire situation from the get go was awashed in trying to cover up the actual events of that evening. 9 months and a BCD for one young solder while his accomplice spent 45 day and remains in the Army. Either way you look at it terrible loss for everyone involved
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      by m on Mar 11, 2012 at 06:23 AM in reply to Medic
      Actual events, well Medic what was the actual events?
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      by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM in reply to Medic
      Not surprised. Between the Tillman cover up and the Lynch publicity stunt, this entire so-called "war on terror" is nothing but one sick joke.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2012 at 01:01 PM in reply to Medic
      I'm thinking you shouldn't be outting yourself as to who you are and talking about the case publically if you are who you say you are. You trying to get yourself in trouble too?
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      by gypsy's gmama on Mar 11, 2012 at 06:43 PM in reply to Medic
      I am thinking that a soldier trained in hand to hand combat should KNOW what this so called horseplay could do. Sounds fishy to me. Lucky its only 9 months. At least he still has a life just not in the military. The dead soldier's family has nothing but an apology!
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      by m on Mar 12, 2012 at 02:11 PM in reply to Medic
      Medic still waiting for a response
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        by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 at 01:49 PM in reply to m
        Yeah I didn't think so
  • by Officer1 on Mar 10, 2012 at 07:35 PM
    My sympathy to all involved. This solider should not have been playing around like he was ... BUT ... 9 months in prison for what appears to be a terrible mistake!! I guess this was a military court. We need to use them for in some of our regular courts! People hardly get 9 months for killing someone now.
  • by yukon on Mar 10, 2012 at 06:36 PM
    he should have been in the field stabbing the enemy
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      by CC on Mar 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM in reply to yukon
      I am a 3 tour iraq vet, and i can tell you this is not the world we live in anymore where you can go stab an enemy. TO MANY politics affect what we do in theatre now.
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        by m on Mar 11, 2012 at 06:42 PM in reply to CC
        That's the problem with our society is the Political Class. Gone are the days of YesterYear
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