Former SEAL Team 6 member sentenced to prison for hazing death of Army Green Beret Logan Melgar

by Peter Heck · Jan 25th, 2021 11:42 am

Last Updated Jan 26th, 2021 at 3:35 pm

Former Navy SEAL Tony E. DeDolph was sentenced to 10 years in prison following his conviction in the death of an Army Green Beret.

In 2017, while stationed in Mali, West Africa, DeDolph and three other soldiers broke into Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar's room to haze him. DeDolph placed Melgar in a chokehold, causing him to lose consciousness in about 10 seconds. DeDolph and his accomplices then used duct tape to bind Melgar and waited for him to regain consciousness. He never did. The incident led to charges of felony murder and burglary against DeDolph, a veteran of the elite SEAL Team 6.

Under a pretrial agreement, DeDolph pleaded guilty to hazing and involuntary manslaughter. He also admitted to conspiracy and obstruction of justice after it was discovered he opened an incision in Melgar's neck to access an airway, hoping to conceal evidence of the chokehold.

Two of DeDolph's accomplices, Navy Chief Special Operator Adam Matthews and former Marine Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell Jr., were previously convicted, receiving bad conduct discharges and confinement for their roles in the crime.

The fourth man charged, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez, will go to trial later this year.

DeDolph was demoted from chief petty officer to seaman and will be dishonorably discharged.


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