A Stryker soldier who faced punishment in the Army’s highest court got something of a break today when the Army announced that he would be disciplined in a lower venue.
Spc. Emmitt Quintal is to be punished in what’s called a special court martial instead of the higher court, the general court martial. Quintal could be demoted and jailed for a year if he’s found guilty of assaulting another soldier, smoking hashish and keeping images of Afghan casualties.
He is one of 12 soldiers from the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division who were accused of misconduct during their deployment to Afghanistan. Five are accused of murder.
The Army today also announced that one of Quintal’s comrades facing similar charges will be tried at a general court martial. Spc. Corey Moore could be put in prison for 11 years if he’s found guilty of assaulting another soldier, trying to obstruct an Army investigation and using a controlled substance.
Quintal and Moore each allegedly had a hand in beating up Spc. Justin Stoner in May after Stoner raised concerns about drug use in their platoon at Forward Operating Base Ramrod. Stoner in court has testified that Quintal was not one of the main attackers, and that Quintal apologized for the incident.
Army prosecutor Capt. Dre Leblanc said in court this week that negotiations on a plea deal for Quintal were taking place. As of today, Quintal does not have a confirmed plea deal, Army spokeswoman Maj. Kathleen Turner said.