The Army on Friday won its third guilty plea in its investigation into misconduct among Stryker soldiers who were deployed to southern Afghanistan last year.
Pfc. Ashton Moore, 20, of Severna Park, Md. faced the fewest charges among a group of 12 soldiers in the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division who were accused of crimes at Forward Operating Base Ramrod.
Five of his platoon mates are accused of murdering three Afghan civilians during patrols. Others allegedly beat up a fellow soldier.
Moore pled guilty to using hashish during the deployment. He was demoted to private and must forfeit half of a month’s pay.
As part of his plea deal, the Army dropped two charges against Moore that were related to a March incident where soldiers allegedly shot at unarmed Afghans.