After serving multiple Special Forces combat tours in Iraq, Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart was assigned to instructor duty in Germany in August 2008. Within a year of his arrival there, the Green Beret’s career was in shambles, his life a wreck. He had been wrongly-convicted by a court-martial panel of multiple offenses following allegations by a German woman that he had raped and kidnapped her in a Stuttgart hotel room.
Below, in an excerpt from my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, Stewart describes his thinking after the verdict was announced just before midnight Aug. 19, 2009:
“I wasn’t going to go to prison and have my kids have to go through having their dad in prison and my wife having to stand by my side and go without a husband for years—and, at that time, I didn’t know the length of the years,” said Stewart, a Special Forces combat medic and Level One-trained sniper. “I didn’t know the length of my sentence; I just knew that I was found guilty.”
That’s when he made a decision.
To find out what decision Stewart made before finding out how much time he would spend behind bars, order a copy of Three Days In August.
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