The marine officer who criticized the US withdrawal of Afghanistan admits the mistake


Marine Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Sheller pleaded guilty to all six charges this morning, and the military’s specifications against him led to the final American withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan following his public comments.

As part of his plea agreement, Sheller waived his right to a jury trial.

Before the court-martial, Sheller’s attorney, Tim Parlatore, told the news media that Scheller accepted responsibility for his actions and that the key issue was determining what was the appropriate punishment.

Parlator said he expects Stuart’s sentence to include a condemnation letter and no arrest. They expect processes to be completed today.

Parlator is a civil lawyer whose firm is based in New York.

Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Sheller Jr. entered the courtroom on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC.  Sheller has been court-martialed after publicly criticizing the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The court-martial hearing was supposed to begin at 9am at Camp Lejeune

Former Marine Corps battalion commander Sheller was free from command after publicly criticizing the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

According to an Oct. 13 report from LOVEBYLIFE, Scheller requested a plea agreement for a general discharge with honorable or honorable terms. The Pipe Hitter Foundation has raised more than $ 2 million to support the Sheller family.

Sheller is in court on August 26 in uniform demanding the accountability of military leaders over the withdrawal of Afghanistan after the assassination of 11 Marines, Navy and Fort Bragg Army soldiers in Kabul. The next day, Scheller relieved the command of an advanced infantry training battalion at Camp Lejeune’s Camp Geiger.

In a video with more than a million views on Facebook, Sheller makes it clear that he is ready to bet his position to speak his mind for battalion commander, retirement and family stability.

“People are upset because their senior leaders have let them down and none of them are raising their hands and accepting responsibility or saying we messed it up,” Sheller said in the video.

Sheller, who served 17 years, continued to speak on social media.

“What I have heard is only the responsibility of my senior leaders when there are obvious, obvious mistakes,” Sheller said in an Aug. 29 video announcing his decision to resign. We bring the whole [explicit] The system is down. ”

Screenshot from Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Shellers' August 26 video posted to Facebook.

On September 27, according to multiple reports, Scheller was held in Camp Lejeune for breach of the gag order.

On October 5, Sheller was released from custody and charged with six violations of military law:

  • Contempt towards the authorities.
  • Disrespect towards top delegated officers.
  • Intentionally disobeying a high-ranking officer.
  • Negligence in the performance of duties.
  • Failure to obey an order or rule.
  • Conduct an inappropriate officer and outfit.

Background: Marine accepts responsibility for publicly criticizing Afghanistan withdrawal

Reporter Calvin Showmaker can be contacted at cshomaker@gannett.com.

Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Sheller Jr. walks into a courtroom at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC, surrounded by his legal team and family, which criticizes the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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