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Army general sex case adjourned until Thursday

By Associated Press
Published On: Mar 19 2014 05:27:46 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 19 2014 03:39:33 PM CDT
Gen. Sinclair
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -

A Fort Bragg Army general's sentencing for inappropriate relationships with subordinates has been pushed back by at least one more day.

A military judge adjourned the sentencing hearing for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair until Thursday morning. Prosecutors and defense attorneys had delivered closing arguments Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutors have asked the judge to dismiss Sinclair from the Army, which would likely wipe out his benefits. Sinclair has pleaded guilty to several charges including adultery - which is a crime in the military.

He had been accused of sexual assault, but those charges were dropped as part of the plea deal.

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An Army general who had inappropriate relationships with subordinates appeared to break down in tears as a letter from his wife was read in court.

A defense attorney for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair read the letter Wednesday at his sentencing hearing before a military judge at Fort Bragg.

Sinclair buried his head in his hands, appeared to cry and dabbed his eyes with two tissues.

His wife writes that she hasn't fully forgiven her husband but doesn't want the Army to punish him and his family further.

Sinclair was expected to deliver his own statement after a short recess. Closing arguments by both sides are expected before the judge decides on his sentence.

Sinclair had been accused of sexual assault during his affair with one subordinate, but the charges were dropped as part of a plea deal. Adultery is a violation of military law.

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Defense witnesses are testifying about the character of an Army general who admitted to inappropriate relationships with three subordinates as his sentencing draws to a close.

Col. Kenneth Kelly was among the final group of witnesses called on Wednesday to discuss serving in the Army with Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair. The hearing is taking place at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Kelly says Sinclair was a selfless leader who was more concerned about his soldiers than his bosses.

The defense plans to call about five more witnesses and deliver a closing statement. It's not clear when the judge will rule.

Prosecutors have countered some of the witnesses by asking them whether a true leader would ask subordinates for nude pictures.

Sinclair had been accused of sexual assault during his affair with one subordinate, but the charges were dropped as part of a plea deal. Adultery is a violation of military law.

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The sentencing hearing for an Army general who admitted to inappropriate relationships with three subordinates is expected to wrap up after testimony by character witnesses.

Lawyers for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair say they'll call about 10 more character witnesses but should be finished by the afternoon. Prosecutors will have a chance for a short rebuttal, then a judge will decide the general's fate.

Whether he'll deliberate for minutes or days isn't known.

Sinclair faces a maximum of 21 ½ years in prison and dismissal from the Army, but will likely wind up with a far less severe punishment.

The judge will give Sinclair a sentence that can't exceed terms in the agreement struck between defense lawyers and military attorneys over the weekend, but hasn't been made public.