Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich, Minnesota soldier, could face death penalty

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Sgt Joseph Bozicevich was born in Eagan, graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall attended the U of M for a while before becomming a soldier.
U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich grew up in Eagan, graduated from Cretin Derham Hall, and went off to the University of Minnesota before signing up to serve his country in uniform.

He was shipped off to Iraq not once, but twice. And on that second tour of duty, in 2008, something in him snapped.

The Army says the 3rd Infantry Division 41-year-old sprayed his squad leader, Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson and Sgt. Wesley Durbin, with a curtain of bullets at their patrol base.

Both men died.

Now Bozicevich faces court-martial and the possibility of the death penalty. The proceedings start today at Fort Stewart in Georgia.

A soldier who witnessed the bloody event, Maj. Andy McKee, said that the dead soldiers had criticized Bozicevich for his battlefield behavior. But Bozicevich's lawyer, Charles Gittins, is arguing that his client opened fire to protect himself.

Bozicevich is pleading not guilty to the charges, and his step-mother told AP that she doesn't think he ought to be put to death.

"I just feel in my heart something snapped in that man. I don't know what those young men go through over there."

The trauma those soldiers experience on the battlefield has led to a skyrocketing number of suicides. It's also led some to crime when they come home, as we detailed in our Sept. 1, 2010 cover story.


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Guest
Guest

I hope you rot in your jail cell for the rest of your life you piece of shit.. Wesley never deserved what you did to him and how he died.. you make me fucking sick.. Great job bringing disgrace upon yourown country and killing someone that enjoyed life. I fucking hate you.

Bigdaddyike
Bigdaddyike

The guy has not even been tried yet. How long has he been in custody? 3yrs? I am sure there is more to this event than has been reported. I know the same unit had another incident similar just last year. This sounds like a command issue, lack of or ignorance all the way up the chain. Soldiers should not die in this manner and soldiers should not be set up for failure. This guy was in the reserves for many years and likely took a reduction in rank to go on active duty. Could it be a reserve vs active duty issue? Active duty has always had a way of slapping the reserves down. It will be interesting to see what the Army does in this case. Its too long coming to trial which means the defense has the edge.

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"Bozicevich is pleading not guilty to the charges, and his step-mother told AP that she doesn't think he ought to be put to death.

"I just feel in my heart something snapped in that man. I don't know what those young men go through over there."

Check your facts: This was the statement of one of the victim's step mother.

DIVVAA
DIVVAA

Idiot..capitol murder cases take two to three years to prepare.

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