Former AWOL Soldier Reaches Plea Deal, Faces Sentencing

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

A Colorado Springs soldier is facing up to ten months behind bars when he's sentenced this month for going absent without leave.

Twenty-three-year-old Army Specialist Mark Wilkerson has pleaded guilty to charges of missing troop movement, and desertion. His plea came as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Wilkerson went AWOL in December 2004 when he left his Fort Hood, Texas-based unit while it was getting ready for another trip to the Middle East. He surrendered late last August, saying he was tired of running.

Wilkerson had said he could not in good conscience go back to a war he believed was wrong. He had been denied a request for conscientious objector status after one tour of duty in Iraq.

Wilkerson will be sentenced February 22nd.


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