Great Falls Judge Sentences 2 Men For Stolen Valor
Judge Greg Pinski recently handed down a very well thought out sentence to 2 men, charged with stolen valor. (Stolen valor is when a civilian pretends to be a member of the military or a combat veteran.) Which is a felony in the United States.
According to MTN News
Ryan Morris and Troy Nelson both claimed to be military veterans in an effort to receive lesser sentences and be eligible to enter Judge Pinski’s Veterans Treatment Court.
During Friday's proceedings, Judge Pinski made it clear that their dishonesty and acts of stealing valor will not be tolerated.
Both men were convicted of separate offenses of burglary and possession of dangerous drugs. But, in order to be considered for parole, both men must complete some "additional requirements" from Judge Pinski.
Both men must wear a sign at the Montana Veterans Memorial during each Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremony while they are under court supervision; the signs will read: I AM A LIAR. I AM NOT A VETERAN. I STOLE VALOR. I DISHONORED ALL VETERANS.
In addition, they will be required to complete the following:
- Hand-write the names of all 6,756 Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan wars
- Hand-write the obituaries of the 40 Montanans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan wars
- Write letters of apology to the following organizations: American Legion, AmVets, Disabled American Veterans, the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Vietnam Veterans of America
- 441 hours of community service to honor all 441 Montanans who have fought and died for our country since the Korean War.