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Lt. Col. Scheller Pleads Guilty to All Charges in Court-Martial Hearing


Lt. Col. Scheller, the United States Marine who was arrested for posting public criticism of the botched Afghanistan withdrawal, pled guilty to all charges during a court-martial hearing at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Thursday. 

Scheller pled guilty to all six misdemeanor-level charges, including willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, dereliction in the performance of duties and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, Fox News reports. His other charges include contempt toward officers, disrespect toward superior commissioned officers and failure to obey order or regulation. 

As previously reported by Human Events News, Scheller was released from the brig last week after posting a video to Facebook following the suicide bombings that killed 11 Marines, one Army Green Beret and one Navy corpsman, along with several Afghani citizens. In the video, Scheller – who wore his service uniform – challenged his chain of command and demanded accountability from senior leaders on the situation in Afghanistan. 

“I want to say this very strongly,” Scheller said in the video. “I have been fighting for 17 years. I am willing to throw it all away to say to my senior leaders: I demand accountability.” 

Scheller released several more videos until he was eventually told to stop posting to social media in general, which he ignored. His posting landed him a trip to the brig.